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Cairo expels Turkish ambassador, downgrades diplomatic relations

Published time: November 23, 2013 09:52
Edited time: November 23, 2013 13:48
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki)

The Egyptian government is downgrading diplomatic relations with Turkey and is expelling the Turkish ambassador, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Cairo announced.

Cairo said the Turkish ambassador was being ordered out of country over Turkey's continued “interference” in Egypt’s internal affairs.

Turkey is "attempting to influence public opinion against Egyptian interests, [and has] supported meetings of organizations that seek to create instability in the country," Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said.

The ministry said in a statement Saturday the Egyptian government had decided to downgrade Turkey’s diplomatic representation to that of a charge d'affaires, and had already recalled its own ambassador in Turkey. 

Ankara has said it will take "counter measures" following the expulsion of the Turkish ambassador from Cairo.

Turkey summoned Egypt’s charge d'affaires on Saturday over the expulsion of the envoy, the ministry said in a statement. Ankara also declared the Egyptian ambassador, currently out of the country, persona non grata.

"We are saddened by this situation," said Turkey's foreign ministry. "But responsibility before history belongs to Egypt's temporary administration which came to power under the extraordinary circumstances of the July 3 coup."

Earlier this month, Egypt's Foreign Ministry condemned comments from Turkish officials about ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

The Egyptian government accused Turkey of “falsifying the real situation in Egypt and challenging the will of the Egyptian people,” the state news agency MENA reported.

On Nov. 5, the Turkish Foreign Ministry urged Cairo to release Morsi, who has been held in detention pending trial since July. 

"We believe the release of all political prisoners, including elected President [Mohamed] Morsi, will contribute significantly to the emergence and sound implementation of the dialogue and reconciliation process in the country," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website. 

Comments (9)


Edward R. Largy 24.11.2013 18:19

Turkey is playing both ends from the middle. They do not side with the Muslims or with the Christians, therefore they will have to play the maverick and roll the dice when they get between a rock and a hard place. Decisions, decisions, but they don't want to decide.


Marc Daniels 23.11.2013 17:38

There would be absolutely nothing wrong with the spiritual thawing of the Arab Spring, providing citizens would be striving to weed out the germinating hatred rather than using it for channeling political agendas. The germinating inner weeds have one purpose and that is for citizens to root them out in their intention, compost and process them into the kind of frontier to where to Egypt has gone before. From the murky dark state of the current weed patch diplomatic missions can complain all they want. No one can see the forest through the trees.


Kim 23.11.2013 17:13

It is illegal to speak of the genocide perpetrated on the Armenian people in Turkish schools today. They have rewritten history books and teach Turkish children lies and garbage. The Turks can run from the truth, but they can't hide. We all know what happened and I, for one, will never stop speaking about THE TRUTH. Turkish leaders are just as culpable as that monster Atta Turk, as long as they continue to cover up and obfuscate the truth.

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