CAIRO: Members of Egypt’s political scene have denounced recent comments from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan critical of Egypt and its Gaza peace initiative, according to the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.
Erdoğan refused the Egyptian ceasefire initiative launched July 15, and issued statements to AFP attacking Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the Egyptian people, several media outlets reported.
In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned its acting ambassador to Turkey back to Egypt after Erdoğan’s statement, Youm7 reported.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Atty said that Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry “refused” Erdoğan’s criticism of Egypt.
Popular Socialist Alliance member Abdel-Ghaffar Shoukr told Al-Ahram that Erdoğan’s statement is “not new or surprising because Turkey has supported the Muslim Brotherhood since June 30 and it described what is happening in Egypt as ‘a coup on legitimacy.’”
“Insulting Sisi asserts that [Erdoğan] is trolling the Egyptian state and its decrees,” Essam Sheha, a high-ranking member of the Wafd Party told Youm7.
National Movement deputy head Yehia Kadry told Youm7 that Erdoğan “lacks political morals” and continues in supporting the MB.
He said that Erdoğan knows the Egyptian initiative is one of the “best” peace initiatives to address the Israel-Gaza conflict, and that Hamas and Erdoğan are trying to “marginalize Egypt’s role.”
Finally, the Secretary General of the National Council of Egyptian Tribes Mohamed Selim denounced in an official statement the Turkish statements and urged the Egyptian foreign ministry to respond officially to this “insult” and stop all forms of cooperation with Turkey, several media outlets reported.
Additionally reporting by Rafaat Ibrahim, Ramy Saead, Ahmed Arafa