Saturday, July 26, 2014

Turkey/Egypt: Cairo, Ankara Exchange "Nasties" Between Each Other

According to The Associated Press, Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Saturday (July 26) condemned Turkey's prime minister for calling Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a "tyrant," warning already that sour relations between the two nations could worsen.

In a strongly-worded statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Turkish charge d' affaires, the highest-ranking Turkish official in the country, over the comments. 

It said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is driven by "narrow ideological interests," referencing Turkey's support to the Muslim Brotherhood group, branded as a terrorist organization in Egypt.

COMMENT:  It appears that something may be in the water of late that seems to be putting just about everyone in an agitated mood.

"The continuation of the insults against Egypt and its elected leadership will undoubtedly lead to more measures from Egypt, leading to limited progress of bilateral relations," the statement said.

Relations between Egypt and Turkey soured after el-Sissi led the last year's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader.

Egypt expelled Turkish ambassador in Cairo and withdrew its ambassador in Turkey after it called for Morsi to be released from prison.