Turks welcome in Egypt, says Foreign Minister-UPDATED

On Saturday, Egypt downgraded diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d'affaires, declared the Turkish ambassador a "persona non-grata" and recalled the Egyptian ambassador from Ankara.

Turks welcome in Egypt, says Foreign Minister-UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said Saturday that the Turkish community is welcomed in Egypt.

"The Turkish community is welcomed in Egypt and we hope that interests and rights of Egyptians in Turkey will not be affected," he said, following a decision by Cairo to downgrade diplomatic relations with Ankara.

On Saturday, Egypt downgraded diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d'affaires, declared the Turkish ambassador a "persona non-grata" and recalled the Egyptian ambassador from Ankara.

The Foreign Ministry attributed the decisions to statements made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the internal Egyptian affairs and his criticism of Egyptian authorities.

"These statements reflect an unacceptable insistence on defying the will of the Egyptian people and their legitimate choices and are considered interference in the country's internal affairs," the ministry said.

TURKISH AZHAR STUDENTS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED

An adviser to Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb said Turks studying in the prestigious institution will not be affected by the downgrading of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Turkey.

"There are clear instructions from the Azhar Imam on caring for the Turkish students regardless of political differences," Abdel-Dayem Nasr told Anadolu Agency.

There are 485 Turks studying at Al-Azhar University.

On Saturday, Egypt downgraded diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d'affaires, declared the Turkish ambassador a "persona non-grata" and recalled the Egyptian ambassador from Ankara.

The Foreign Ministry attributed the decisions to statements made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the internal Egyptian affairs and his criticism of Egyptian authorities.

"These statements reflect an unacceptable insistence on defying the will of the Egyptian people and their legitimate choices and are considered interference in the country's internal affairs," the ministry said.

But Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati ealier said that the Turkish community is welcomed in Egypt.

"The Turkish community is welcomed in Egypt and we hope that interests and rights of Egyptians in Turkey will not be affected," he said.

Last Mod: 23 Kasım 2013, 15:32
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