Turkish ambassador summoned over Ankara's calls for UN intervention in Egypt

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Jul 2013

Foreign ministry summons Turkish ambassador over Ankara's calls for UN intervention following controversial ouster of elected president

Egypt's foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned the Turkish ambassador over what it said were Turkish calls for the UN Security Council to intervene in Egyptian domestic politics, Egypt's state news agency MENA has reported.

The ministry was referring to recent calls by Turkish officials for the UN to take action against what Ankara has called a "military coup" in Egypt after the army ousted former president Mohamed Morsi amid mass demonstrations against him.

The foreign ministry asserted that events now unfolding in Egypt were "purely internal."

The ministry added that such calls by Turkey reflected a "misunderstanding" of the current state of affairs and amounted to "foreign interference."

Turkey had been one of the few countries in the region, along with Iran, to describe the army's removal of Morsi as a "military coup," urging Western nations to follow suit.

According to MENA, the foreign ministry has urged Turkey to reconsider its position, stressing Egypt's hope of preserving the "historical relations" between the two countries.

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