Egypt condemns Ankara blasts
Bodies of victims are covered with flags and banners as police officers secure the area after an explosion in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday - AP
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CAIRO: Egypt has condemned terror attacks that targeted Turkish capital Ankara in which at least 86 people were killed, and 186 injured Saturday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated this afternoon.

Egypt expressed solidarity with Turkish people, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in the statement.

“The international community needs for concerted regional and international efforts to counter terrorism and extremism,” Shoukry added.

The relations between Cairo and Ankara were strained after the July 2013 ouster of Morsi following mass protests calling for the end of his regime. Erdoğan has often described the ouster of Morsi as a “coup.”

In November, Egypt downgraded bilateral diplomatic relations when it announced that the Turkish ambassador Hussein Botsali was a persona non-grata.

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