World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey has denied recent reports in the Egyptian media that an investigation of Turkish Ambassador to Egypt Hüseyin Avni Botsalı was launched by Egyptian authorities.
A senior Turkish diplomat who spoke to Today's Zaman on condition of anonymity denied the reports, adding that the reports did not reflect the reality at all.
According to a report published in Egypt's El Watan newspaper, Egypt's coup regime has launched an investigation into Botsalı based on the claim that the Turkish ambassador has acted as a “carrier” and has taken funds belonging to Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Mohammed Badie and Hayrat Shatir, out of the country in the diplomatic bag.
“We don't have any information that such an inquiry of our ambassador has been initiated. These fabricated reports aim to strain the ties between Turkey and Egypt,” said the official.
Ankara strongly criticized the military coup that ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, on July 3.
Turkey, which considers the removal of Morsi to be unacceptable, even declined to meet with Egypt's interim government and said that Egypt wanted to “use Ankara for its own legitimacy.”Last Mod: 27 Temmuz 2013, 14:56