Egypt summons Turkish charge d’affaires over election comments
Badr Abdel Atty, Foreign Ministry spokesperson - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned today Turkish Charge d’Affaires Hedayet Pastor, according to a press statement Tuesday.

Badr Abdel Atty, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, said today that the decision was made by Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy to express discontent over statements made recently by Turkish officials regarding the presidential elections in Egypt.

The ministry statements did not clarify any more details about the Turkish statements that caused the minister’s discontent. But, Turkish news agency Anadolu said in a report that “unlike past elections where Egyptians impressed the world with their high turnout, they ‘confused’ the world in the 2014 elections,” according to the Middle East Monitor on April 29.

Ties between Egypt and Turkey became strained after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi last July.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a number of statements following the ousting, which outraged Egypt and led to charges the Turks were interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs.

An Egyptian legal team was reportedly preparing to take legal action against Erdoğan over this issue, Youm7 reported last April. The team includes former members of judicial bodies and international lawyers.

The Ministry of Foreign affairs announced in November that the Egyptian government decided to downgrade Turkey’s diplomatic representation to charge d’affaires.

After the downgrade, the Turkish government declared Egypt’s ambassador “persona non grata” and also decided to downgrade diplomatic relations to the level of charge d’affaires, according to several media reports.

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