FM summons Turkish chargé d’affaires over Erdoğan slam
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan - REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

CAIRO: Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Turkish chargé  d’affaires for the second time this week to denounce Erdoğan’s latest remarks which described President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as an “illegitimate tyrant.”

“The Arab Republic of Egypt expresses its deep rejection of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest speech which insulted President Sisi” Egypt’s Foreign Ministry’s statement on Facebook read.

The statement added that Erdoğan’s speech “unacceptably interferes in Egypt’s internal affairs,” and “ignores Egypt’s role in defending the Palestinian cause.”

Relations between Turkey and Egypt have been strained since the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, which Turkey dubbed a coup. Turkey and Qatar were reported to have proposed an alternative text for an Egyptian cease-fire initiative drafted in mid-July (which Hamas rejected) to solve the conflict, which has killed over 600 Palestinians so far.

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