Turkey prevents two Muslim Brotherhood members from departure: Sources to Al-Arabiya

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 Aug 2021

Both members are accused by the Egyptian authorities of masterminding the assassination of former Egyptian prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat in 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses media after a bi-lateral meeting with President of Montenegro, in Cetinje, on August 28, 2021. AP

Turkey has prevented two Muslim Brotherhood members from departing its lands, sources told the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath channels on Tuesday.

The pair, Yehia Mousa and Alaa Al-Samahi, is accused by Egyptian authorities of masterminding the assassination of former Egyptian prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat in 2015.

Mousa and Al-Samahi are reportedly in Turkey since the dispersal of the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo in August 2013. The 45-day-long sit-ins were organised in Rabaa and Al-Nahda squares after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 30 June 2013.

The ban on departure imposed by the Turkish authorities on Mousa and Al-Samahi will be in place until further notice, the sources added.

The sources also told both Saudi channels that a number of Brotherhood offices and homes in Turkey have been closed and evacuated over the past two weeks upon an order from the Turkish authorities.

Egypt and Turkey are preparing for a second round of what they called "exploratory talks" on 7-8 September in Ankara to address bilateral relations between the two countries and a number of regional issues.

Egypt’s relations with Turkey have been strained since the ouster of Morsi, who was backed by the government of then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The exploratory talks come as Turkey attempts to end its differences — that have been impacting its economy — with regional powers over several crises in the region.

The second round of talks comes four months after Egyptian and Turkish diplomatic officials concluded two days of political consultations in Cairo on normalizing relations, a round that was described by both sides as "frank and in-depth."

The round addressed bilateral issues as well as a number of regional issues, in particular the situation in Syria and Iraq, and the need to achieve peace and security in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Ankara, ahead of the first exploratory talks, reportedly requested the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated channels based in Istanbul to dim their criticism of Egypt's government, as Turkey seeks to repair ties with Cairo. Later, the Turkish authorities prevented Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood hosts from appearing on two of these channels.

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