Egypt hits back at Erdogan over 'coup' remarks

Cairo and Ankara have traded fiery statements ever since the military ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in July, 2013.

Egypt hits back at Erdogan over 'coup' remarks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's Foreign Ministry fired back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his remarks that the United Nations should not be giving a platform to "coup leaders" to address the world, in a reference to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

In a statement, the Egyptian ministry said that Erdogan is "not in a position to give lessons to others about democracy and human rights, and he should not impose himself as their guardian."

"Although Erdogan remained in power for many years as a prime minister, he did not hesitate to change the country's political system from a parliamentary to a semi-presidential one and amend the Turkish constitution so that he can remain in power for ten more years, something that cannot be considered a democratic attitude," the release added.

Cairo and Ankara have traded fiery statements ever since the military ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president – last year following mass protests against his one-year rule.

Last November, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d'affaires and recalled its ambassador from Ankara. Turkey responded with similar measures.

In his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Erdogan criticized the U.N. inaction on what he described as the "coup" in Egypt.

"If we are going to defend people who come to power through coups, then I ask the question why we exist as the United Nations," he said.

On Sunday, he then waged another attack on Egypt's current leaders, saying "coup leaders" and those who represent authoritarian regimes should not be given a platform in the United Nations to address the world.

Last Mod: 29 Eylül 2014, 11:03
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