Egypt expels Turkish ambassador over critical remarks by PM Erdogan

A file photo taken on June 1, 2010, shows Turkish ambassador to Egypt Huseyin Avni Botsali speaking during a meeting with General Secretary Amr Mussa (not seen) and other Arab Ambassadors for the Arab League at the headquarters in Cairo. (Photo: AFP - Khaled Desouki)

Published Saturday, November 23, 2013

Egypt decided Saturday to expel Turkish Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali after remarks made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Cairo deemed as being "provocative," the foreign ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said Cairo took three decisions on Saturday concerning its diplomatic ties with Ankara.

"First to expel the Turkish ambassador and downgrade our ties to the level of charge d'affaires, second to declare the Turkish ambassador persona non grata and third we will not send our ambassador to Turkey," Abdelatty told AFP.

He said the decisions were taken after Erdogan made remarks in Russia on Thursday that were "provocative and interfering in Egypt's internal affairs."

The Turkish premier condemned an August 14 crackdown by Egyptian security forces on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Mursi in Cairo.

Turkey vowed to retaliate.

"We will take steps in reciprocity after comprehensive consultations with the Turkish ambassador," foreign ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu told AFP.

Ties have been strained since the ouster of Mursi and, in particular, since the crackdown on his supporters in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares.

At least 627 people were killed in Rabaa al-Adawiya square itself on August 14, according to Egyptian officials, when security forces broke up a sit-in of Mursi's supporters.

The following day, Cairo and Ankara announced they were recalling their respective ambassadors for consultations.

But Erdogan said on September 4 that Ambassador Botsali would return to Cairo, while Cairo's envoy was still to return to his post in Ankara.

Turkey's Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) government had forged a close alliance with Mursi since he won Egypt's first free presidential election in June 2012.

Mursi was ousted by the army on July 3 following days of mass protests by millions against his turbulent year-long rule.

Millions of Egyptians took to the streets demanding the Islamist leader's resignation, blaming him for ruining an already dilapidated economy, monopolizing power and working solely to fulfil the agendas of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, to which he belonged.

But many of Mursi’s supporters have since demonstrated against the army-backed government, demanding the release of Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

Comments

Wow the mufti of naTo lecturing Egypt. that's rich.
Erdy is slaughtering TURKS/Syrians, interfering in Egypt/Somalia/IRAQ/Pakistan

It's a season to be "silly/ignorant/OBNOXIOUS

As opposed to Iran's own thuwar Nato whose treachery was totally approved of by Iran and Hezbollah

Those killings on August 14 remind us that all absolutist states build up a reserve of killers in their official organs who remain as a sort of fail-safe device to be let loose like a WMD when the regime approaches its end. I chide Morsi here for not aggressively preparing the security services. I think he could even have cleaned out the judiciary if he had wanted to, but he preferred naivete and "the path of least resistance", perhaps because he was glowing in the praise of "the West".

it's all about big business, big biscuits, big figures. its the same old s***. just a different day.

finally! it's about time Egypt take action againts Erdogan and his gouvernement after all the nonsense Erdogan is being doing . he is being attaking the egyptian army and the new gouvernement , and supporting terrorism against the egyptians for the sake of the muslim brotherhood ! he made up this new nazism sing the abnormal hand with four fingers . my advice for Turkey and it's prime minister KEEP your nose away from Egypt and mind your own business , you already have alot in your hand to deal with ,or you forgot that your oppositions are now in your gouvernement and everywhere in the streets of Turkey !

Why is the American-Zionist stooge Sisi, strangling the lifeline of Gaza you hypocrite, and then you see the dregs of Bashar cheering them on, because he is doing the exact same thing to the anti-regime Syrians.

All of Erdogan's initiatives have turned to dust. This is just the latest of many defeats for the once to be "leader of the middle east".

Erdogan's Brotherhood is in shambles across MENA and outlawed in the most powerful Arab country Egypt ...

Erdogan supported the KSA/USA/Qatar terrorist war on Syria and now all three vigorously ignore the prime minister.

Erdogan, is now a lame duck even his party is looking to oust the man responsible for three brand new enemies on their southern border.

And to seal the deal Erdogan angered long time ally NATO by signing a Chinese missile deal instead of NATO contractors ...

Domestic unrest, uncovered family corruption, anger in the west, disrespect in MENA and a terrorist haven southern border have consigned Erdogan's legacy to the dust pile.

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