Ankara clarifies stance on Egypt following UN intervention statements

Ahram Online, Wednesday 10 Jul 2013

Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu tells Egyptian counterpart that recent calls by Turkish official for UN intervention in Egypt do not reflect Ankara's official position


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has contacted Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Amr to clarify recent statements by Turkish Minister for European Affairs Egemen Bagis in which the latter called for the UN Security Council to "take action" in Egypt following the military ouster last week of president Mohamed Morsi amid massive demonstrations, state news agency MENA reported Wednesday.

Davutoglu reportedly told Amr that Bagis' statement did not represent the official Turkish position and that Ankara did not accept foreign intervention in Egypt's internal affairs.

Davutoglu stressed, however, that Turkey still considered Morsi's overthrow by the Egyptian Armed Forces a military coup d'etat.

Egypt's foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned the Turkish ambassador over Bagis' statements, saying that the latter's calls for UN intervention reflected a "misunderstanding" of the situation in Egypt and amounted to "foreign interference."

Turkey has been one of the few countries in the region, along with Iran, to describe the Egyptian army's removal of Morsi last week as a "military coup" and has urged Western nations to follow suit.

The Egyptian foreign ministry urged Turkey earlier this week to reconsider its position, stressing Egypt's hope of preserving the "historical relations" between the two countries.

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