Egypt's Foreign Ministry condemns Erdogan's 'unsubstantiated' and 'irresponsible' comments on Morsi's death

Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Jun 2019

Minister Shoukry strongly denounced the 'irresponsible statements by the Turkish president,' adding that 'Egypt is ready to confront any threats, even these hollow ones'

Sameh Shoukry
File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: AP)

Egypt's foreign ministry has strongly condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's blatant interference in Egypt's affairs by making unsubstantiated allegations which question the natural death of Mohamed Morsi, accusing Egypt of killing him and threatening to raise the matter internationally.

In a statement released by the foreign ministry on Thursday, Minister Shoukry expressed "deep denunciation of the recurrent irresponsible statements by the Turkish president, which do not even rise to the level of meriting a serious response," adding that Egypt is "ready to confront any threats, even these hollow ones."

The ousted president Morsi died of a heart attack on Monday after he collapsed during a court session in his trial for espionage. He was buried on Monday night.

The Turkish president claimed on Wednesday that Morsi “did not die, he was murdered," and threatened to raise the issue during the G-20 Summit in Japan later this month.

According to the statement, Minister Shoukry said that the matter confirms "Erdogan's desire to cover up his internal excesses, engage in absurd arguments to serve his electoral situation and exclusively work to fabricate problems."

"Erdogan's comments based on hearsay that fill his speeches reflect his proven organic connection to the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group in the context of serving a narrow agenda aiming for influence and embracing and propagating the extremist ideology formulated by the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group and other terrorist organisations including Al-Qaeda and Daesh, which has been used to spread conflicts and kill innocents," Shoukry added.

This approach and unacceptable statements represent interference in the internal affairs of the countries of the region, Shoukry stressed.

He said Erdogan's comments displayed "deep envy towards the achievements of the Egyptian people and their leadership of growing gains and successes at all levels."

The minister added that the Turkish president's statements are based on a clearly unfounded accusation, which merits bewilderment and laughter, adding that the whole matter could be added to the long list of violations which do not live up to the status of the brotherly Turkish people.

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