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Erdogan in no position to give lessons on democracy: Egypt

Turkish president has illusions of restoring the Ottoman Empire, says Egyptian foreign ministry


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering the keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Istanbul on Sunday evening (screenshot from the World Economic Forum website)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering the keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Istanbul on Sunday evening (screenshot from the World Economic Forum website)

Egypt has responded to Recep Tayyip Erdogan‚Äôs latest swipe at the Egyptian government, saying that the Turkish president has continued a ‚Äúseries of exaggeration and lies‚ÄĚ about Egypt.

In his keynote address to the World Economic Forum in Istanbul on Sunday evening, Erdogan once again questioned the legitimacy of the Egyptian government. The recently elected Turkish president said: ‚ÄúWe see that in one country where the will of the people manifested itself, those who are elected with a vote of 52% are toppled by one of the ministers in the cabinet,‚ÄĚ in reference to the ouster of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. He added: ‚ÄúThat coup is legitimised by the international community.‚ÄĚ

The Egyptian foreign ministry responded to Erdogan‚Äôs comments on Monday saying that he is ‚Äúnot in a position to give lessons to others about democracy and respect for human rights and appoint himself the guardian of them‚ÄĚ.

Erdogan has been highly critical of events in Egypt since the military-backed ouster of Morsi in July 2013, publically labelling it a coup on several occasions and raising his concerns with United States President Barack Obama. Then defence minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced Morsi’s removal following mass protests calling for the Islamist president to call for early elections. Al-Sisi won a landslide victory to become president of Egypt in June.

The ministry statement discusses ‚Äúthe reality of things in Turkey‚ÄĚ, pointing out that Erdogan ‚Äúdid not hesitate to change the political system… and change the Turkish constitution in order to continue in power for ten years to come‚ÄĚ. The ministry said that this ‚Äúcannot be described as the behaviour of democrats‚ÄĚ.

The statement continued to describe ‚Äúrestrictions of freedom of opinion of expression and assembly and the use of force in dealing with political activists and peaceful demonstrators‚ÄĚ. The ministry emphasised Erdogan‚Äôs decision to block access to social media website Twitter in Turkey last year during anti-government protests, describing it as ‚Äúblatant defiance of the most elementary rules of respect for freedom of opinion‚ÄĚ.

The Egyptian ministry also pointed out restrictions on media in Turkey, ‚Äúdiscrimination against Kurds, frequent intervention in the work of the judiciary‚ÄĚ and the detention of ‚Äúcitizens without charge for long periods of time‚ÄĚ.

Erdogan‚Äôs comments ‚Äúreflects the perspective of Mr Erdogan‚Äôs narrow ideological orientations, which is linked to intellectual¬† and personal ambitions and illusions of the restoration of the Ottoman Empire‚ÄĚ, according to the Egyptian ministry.

This is the second time in less than a week that Erdogan has commented on Egypt, prompting a reaction from the foreign ministry. The first incident occurred at the United Nations General Assembly, where he also questioned the legitimacy of the Egyptian government. On Sunday evening Erdogan asked the World Economic forum: ‚ÄúIs the UN the place where people who plot coups speak?‚ÄĚ

Erdogan’s comments at the UN last Thursday have been condemned as interference in Egypt’s internal affairs by the United Arab Emirates and the Secretary General of the Arab League.

Egypt and Turkey downgraded diplomatic ties last November with both countries, expelling the other‚Äôs ambassador labelling them ‚Äúpersona non-grata‚ÄĚ following another outburst of criticism from Erdogan.

During Morsi’s tenure, relations between Egypt and Turkey strengthened politically and economically. The two countries coordinated in response to regional crises such as the Syrian conflict and the Middle East peace process. Cairo and Ankara also signed more than 25 bilateral cooperation agreements covering several areas, including business, trade and tourism as well as a cumulative $2bn support agreement to help support Egypt’s economy.

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