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Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Egypt severs diplomatic ties with Turkey
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Egypt has asked Turkey's ambassador to the country to leave, accusing Ankara of backing unnamed organisations intent on spreading instability, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said November 23, Reuters reported...Ankara is attempting to influence public opinion against Egyptian interests, the spokesman said...Though Turkish President Abdullah Gul expressed hope on Turkish state television that bilateral relations would soon be normalised, a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said Ankara would respond with reciprocal steps...Both countries recalled their ambassadors in August after Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of people protesting the removal of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi - diplomatic relations are now effectively severed...Turkey's ruling party has been a close ally with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and it was Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “provocative” statements about Egypt’s military leaders which led to the expelling of the Turkish ambassador...Mr Erdogan used the MB’s control in Egypt to increase Turkey’s influence in the region, and both Ankara and Mr Erdogan took a strategic hit when the Egyptian military removed Mr Morsi...Egypt’s military leaders realise shunning Turkey hurts their future and will exacerbate Cairo’s worries of seclusion, but there is an aspect to the recent diplomatic events of purging old ties before forging new ones.