How did Turkey lose Egypt?
Recep Tayyip Erdogan - REUTERS/Umit Bektas
By Aya Ibraheem

CAIRO: Egypt’s relations with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey were damaged after the June 30 uprising, according to Kadri Gursel, AL Monitor writer. Gursel discussed Egyptian-Turkish relations in an article today.

Islamist AKP representatives, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, feel that the July 3 change of power in Egypt was against their principles, he said. “AKP’s reactions to developments in Egypt turned out to be disproportionate and excessively harsh,” according to Gursel.

The writer added, “We end up with a crisis in bilateral relations, best explained by finding out where the ambassadors to Ankara and Cairo actually are now.”

Turkish diplomats told Gursel that the volume of trade between Egypt and Turkey has boomed by an incredible 900 percent over the past five and a half years, reaching $5.9 billion. Around 480 Turkish companies have invested $2 billion in Egypt.

These figures alone are enough to “indicate the importance of bilateral relations”, according to the writer. He continued: It is beyond debate that bilateral relations cannot be sustained in a constant state of crisis as the the AKP makes a point of its objection to the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Translated from Youm7.

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