Egypt Faces Diplomatic Crisis with Turkey Over ‘Unacceptable Coup’


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday through his Twitter account that Turkey is not intervening in the internal affairs of other countries (referring to Egypt), but only supports justice.

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“Turkey is not intervening in the domestic politics of any country, but it considers itself a voice for its friends and the oppressed and aims at having their voices heard,” said Erdogan’s post in Arabic.

Turkey has described the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the military earlier this month as an “unacceptable coup”, which was denounced by Egypt who in response summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Cairo, warning Ankara not to meddle in its internal affairs.

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Foreign Minister: Egypt committed to establishing real democracy

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi received a telephone call from the United States’ Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss a number of regional issues and follow up with the developments in Egypt, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Fahmi affirmed the Egyptian government’s commitment to establish a true democracy, adding that this is a major demand for the people.

On his part, Kerry expressed his keenness to have the current transitional phase succeed, the spokesman said on the ministry’s Facebook page.

Fahmi and his American counterpart talked over the development of Egypt’s domestic affairs. The Egyptian minister explained in detail the events the country has been going through since June 30.

They also discussed the efforts exerted to resume peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis after Kerry’s latest tour in the region.

Egypt Brotherhood figures transferred to high-security prison as precaution – source

The Prison Authority in Egypt transferred several Muslim Brotherhood members who were detained at Tora Prison pending investigation to the high-security Aqrab Prison, a senior security source at the Interior Ministry said.

The Brotherhood figures were taken to the Aqrab Prison as a precautionary measure due to maintenance work at Tora, the source told the Middle East News Agency on Friday.

Among the Egypt Muslim Brotherhood members that were in Tora are Khairat al-Shater, deputy head of the Brotherhood Rashad Bayoumi, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) head Saad al-Katatni, former Brotherhood Guide Mahdi Akef, former MP Mohamed al-Omda, secretary-general of the FJP in Giza Helmi al-Gazzar and Hazem Salah Abu Ismail.

Egypt Conscript injured in attack on Arish checkpoint

Unknown gunmen shot a conscript on Friday evening at a security checkpoint south of Arish city in North Sinai.

Armed men driving a four wheeler shot at security personnel at a checkpoint in Safa area, eyewitnesses in Egypt reported.

Conscript Mohamed al-Sayed Zaki, 22, was shot in his foot and was taken to Arish Hospital for treatment, security sources at the Egypt army said.

Egypt  Armed forces seal off street leading to Defence Ministry

The armed forces of Egypt closed off Khalifa Ma’moun Street to traffic both ways after reports that supporters of former president Mohamed Mursi intend to march to the Defence Ministry headquarters.

Army forces of Egypt placed metal barriers with barbed wire on both sides of the street to prevent the marching demonstrators from reaching the ministry’s headquarters, the Middle East News Agency said on Friday.

Islamist groups had called on demonstrators participating in today’s protests to head to the ministry and stage a sit-in to demand Mursi’s return to power as President of Egypt.

Mursi supporters march to Defence Ministry, Republican Guard HQ in Egypt

Islamist demonstrators supporting ousted president Mohamed Mursi organised a march from Rabaa al-Adaweya Mosque in Cairo, Egypt to the Defence Ministry headquarters on Friday.

Another march headed from Rabaa mosque to the Republican Guard headquarters on Salah Salem Street. The march is led by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Gamal Abdel Sattar.

The army of Egypt intensified its presence around the Republican Guard headquarters in case of any attempt to break into it, the state news agency reported.

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Aswat Masriya English is the sister site of Aswat Masriya, which provides news and information about the general scene in Egypt. The websites are part of a Thomson Reuters Foundation initiative to enhance democracy through strengthening the media in Egypt. Along with a programme of training courses for journalists, it is hoped that the sites will promote democracy in Egypt by providing independent, balanced and accurate news and information to journalists and the public in this critical phase in Egypt’s history. Aswat Masriya has set content partnership agreements with prominent Egyptian media institutions like Al-Ahram newspaper and Al-Shorouk Newspaper.
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