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Egypt's Sisi declines to hit back at Erdogan, hints at reconciliation with Qatar

El-Sisi told a local media delegation he won't reply to offences and alluded to a possible cooling of hostilities with Qatar

Ayat Al-Tawy, Thursday 25 Sep 2014
Abdel Fattah al-Sis
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 24, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has declined to snap back at Turkey after leader Tayyip Erdogan had questioned his legitimacy in a speech at the UN General Assembly.

In a biting criticism against the new Egyptian President, Erdogan on Wednesday blasted the United Nations and "democratic countries" for legitimising El-Sisi, whom he said had carried out a "coup,” a reference to the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Erdogan also criticised inaction towards a deadly crackdown against Islamists in which hundreds have been killed and thousands jailed.

During a meeting with a local media delegation in New York, El-Sisi said he would not "reply to those who offend [him]," taking into account his country's interests.

"When I was young and was hit by those older than me, I used to say 'I'll grow bigger and hit you [back]'," the Egyptian president was quoted by local media as saying.

Ties between Ankara and Cairo have soured after last summer's removal of Morsi and the ensuing state crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood, a group with which Erdogan's AK Party had forged strong relations.

The Turkish leader has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of Morsi's overthrow, repeatedly slamming it as a "coup."

Cairo has also been at loggerheads with Doha, as it has been dismayed by Qatar’s backing of the Brotherhood—assigned by Egyptian authorities a terrorist organisation

But El-Sisi on Thursday alluded to a possible detente between both states.

The official news agency MENA quoted him as saying that efforts are being made by Arab allies to "bring about reconciliation" with the Gulf state.

Following mounting regional pressure to cut off support for the Islamist movement, several Brotherhood leaders who were self-exiled in Doha left the country in what some said was a bid to "spare Qatar embarrassment."

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Khan
26-09-2014 07:34am
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Where is sisi and where is Erdogan?mt Erdogan build up his country and stablish democracy .and sisi still inside the dark tanel .Erdogan come by public and sisi come by army and by usa..Erdogan won 52% and sisi won 252% ha ha ha
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Laila
26-09-2014 07:28am
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Proud of you Sissi
What can we expect from Erdogan, he is a Muslim Brotherhood dictator!!! That is cracking down who oppose to his power!!! One day he will be jailed as he deserve so that he will be able to enjoy the company of his friends: Muslim Brotherhood, IS and Nusra and El Shabab and Boko Haram etc ... Erdogan ... the time is coming .... Proud of you Sissi!!!
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Yasmina
26-09-2014 06:42am
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Erdogan may not have room to criticize.
There have been several articles in several media that have suggested Erdogan has been a Daesh enabler. Charges have included that Erdogan does not prevent Daesh from freely crossing Turkey's borders, and allows them to carry on their "oil trade" through Turkey.
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Aladdin, Egypt
26-09-2014 02:46am
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True Son of Egypt
Turkey is playing its part in a bigger strategic game. Turkey is helping more Jihadists to enter Da-ish for good. LOL.
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Allen
25-09-2014 11:09pm
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Good move President Sisi.
Keep Erdogan behind in the gutter all by himself. His BS does not warrant a response from any head of state.
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Khaled Egypt
26-09-2014 06:21am
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The Truth
Yes, you can't hit back,because fact will remain fact,Coup will remain a Coup and you will always remember as Coup leader and a repressor.
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