Incumbent Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari, himself a Shi'a, said Mubarak's remarks have upset the Iraqi people, who all come from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Al-Ja'fari said Mubarak's language "astonished and discontented" the Iraqi government.
Mubarak warned that Iraq is in the middle of a civil war that threatens the entire Middle East.
The Egyptian leader's comments were aired on April 8 on the satellite news channel Al-Arabiya.
(compiled from agency reports)