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An Egyptian court – citing lack of jurisdiction – rejected a lawsuit on Tuesday calling on Egypt to sever diplomatic ties with Turkey, a judicial source has said.
"The Administrative Court ruled that it lacks jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit urging the Egyptian government to sever ties with its Turkish counterpart," the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.
"Matters of international relations are sovereign and lay outside the court's jurisdiction," the source said.
Two other lawsuits that call for designating Turkey a "supporter of terrorism" are currently before Egyptian courts.
On March 10, Alexandria's Court for Urgent Matters postponed to March 24 its ruling on a lawsuit demanding that Turkey be designated a "supporter of terrorism."
Lawyer Tarek Mahmoud – who filed the lawsuit – says that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had supported Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and criticized the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the army in mid-2013.
Mahmoud also claimed that Turkey was the main source of weapons entering Egypt, which, he asserted, were ending up in the hands of "terrorists."
"Turkey adopted hostile stances against Egypt after it became a haven for Muslim Brotherhood leaders who face criminal charges in Egypt," the judicial source quoted Mahmoud as saying in his lawsuit.
Earlier this month, Cairo's Court for Urgent Matters postponed to April 6 another lawsuit that accused Turkey of "supporting all crimes committed on Egyptian soil" and "inciting the murder of police officers and the torching of state buildings."
Relations between Egypt and Turkey have soured dramatically since the army ousted Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected leader – in mid-2013 following opposition protests against his presidency.
Turkey has been among the few countries to describe the 2013 seizure of power by the Egyptian army – headed at the time by current President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi – as a "military coup."Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Mart 2015, 16:22