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The Turkish prime minister speaks during the the launching ceremony of an urban renovation project in Bursa, Aug. 17. Erdoğan saluted several times the crowd with the 'Rabaa' sign made by raising four fingers, which has become the symbol of the massacre in Egypt and at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square where the supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi have gathered for weeks. AA photo

The Turkish prime minister speaks during the the launching ceremony of an urban renovation project in Bursa, Aug. 17. Erdoğan saluted several times the crowd with the 'Rabaa' sign made by raising four fingers, which has become the symbol of the massacre in Egypt and at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square where the supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi have gathered for weeks. AA photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Egypt’s interim rulers of committing state terrorism and compared army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad as scores more were killed in a crackdown and hundreds were besieged in Cairo’s al-Fath Mosque by security forces.
 
“The Al-Fath Mosque is under siege. People’s place of worship is innocent. They have burned, destroyed our mosques in Syria and in Egypt. Either Bashar or Sisi, there is no difference between them. There is no salvation with oppression,” Erdoğan said during a defiant speech in the northwestern province of Bursa Aug. 17 where he attended the launching ceremony of an urban renovation project.
 
Erdoğan also slammed Egyptian officials for describing supporters of toppled President Mohamed Morsi as “terrorists.”
 
“People are saying ‘we ask for our vote to be honored.’ But there are those calling them terrorists. But I am saying that state terrorism is currently underway in Egypt,” Erdoğan said. 
 
“There are currently two paths in Egypt: Those who follow the Pharaoh, and those who follow Moses,” he added.     

Erdoğan condemned the attacks against worship places, including churches, but said that supporters of Muslim Brotherhood where mostly protecting those places from being vandalized.

He also argued that Turkey could be next for "those who were stirring unrest" in Egypt. 
 
The tension between the countries peaked as Turkey recalled its ambassador in Cairo, sparking a reciprocal move by Egypt. Egypt’s Ankara envoy, Abdurrahman Selahaddin, had urged Turkey not to side solely with the Muslim Brotherhood and respect “all Egyptians.”
 
However, Erdoğan refused to step back from his defiant rhetoric vis-à-vis the July 3 military takeover, accusing those who have financially helped the “coup regime” of being accomplices to its actions. He also assured that Ankara was pursuing diplomatic efforts to increase pressure on the interim government that took power following the military coup.
 
“We had wanted the United Nations Security Council to speak with a fair and determined voice. The Organization of the Islamic Conference and the European Union have no face left to look at in the mirror,” he said. 
 
Erdoğan said Turkey and Qatar had been the only supporters of the Morsi government, while also thanking the Netherlands and Denmark for their position during the current Egyptian turmoil.

Erdoğan saluted several times the crowd with the 'Rabaa' sign made by raising four fingers, which has become the symbol of the killings in Egypt and at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square where the supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi have gathered for weeks.

Turkey should focus on not being hurt by earthquakes
 
Erdoğan also commemorated the 14th anniversary of the 1999 Marmara earthquake that left over 17,000 dead, emphasizing that Turkey had been severely damaged due to its inadequate preparation for earthquakes. 

“We have heavily paid the price for unpreparedness, a lack of capabilities, a lack of coordination and ineptitude,” Erdoğan said, adding that Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) had been founded to help counter all these deficiencies.
 
“Now we have to start thinking about reducing the damage. The target would not be healing the wounds but doing the necessary for not being wounded in the first place,” he said, noting urban transformation projects such as the one being launched in Bursa. 
 
He also announced that a total of 87,000 homes would be renewed in 46 provinces.

August/17/2013

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omer altintop

8/19/2013 1:39:05 PM

I was amused by some of the comments. We're talking about more than 100,000 people killed in Syria and 100's in Egypt. The minority want to oppress the majority. In Egypt military staged a coup and rounded up peaceful demonstrators who were asking for "the democratically elected" government to be reinstated. In response military leaders ordered slaughter of innocent people. What has happened to"the Arab Spring and the democracy in the Middle East? Why the Western Media gone underground?

american american

8/19/2013 12:48:47 PM

lead by example. lower the 10% threshold and honor people in turkey's votes

Brunaux Brunaux

8/19/2013 11:12:11 AM

To legitimize what they are doing, anyone who is opposing them is dubbed as terrorist!!.. Disgusting isn’t it, and it's even more disgusting to hear no condemnations to the ongoing massacres from the Moslems Pope or Christians Pope.. to the contrary they are thanking the villains for their good job in massacring their fellow citizens!?.. Say goodbye Egyptians to your dream of democracy..

Brunaux Brunaux

8/19/2013 11:11:15 AM

The current Egyptian regime is oppressing & killing anyone opposing them not just MB. The only voice that exists now is the pro-regime one. Corrupts and hypocrites from media, politicians, Moslems & Christians religious head and businessmen are the biggest supporter of the existing oppressive regime.. To legitimize what they are doing, anyone who is opposing them is dubbed as terrorist!!..

Brunaux Brunaux

8/19/2013 11:06:08 AM

The real terrorists are the ones who are killing innocent people.. The Egyptian police, army and their thugs are inhumanely killing people & burning their bodies, burning churches and mosques and claiming that it is done by the MB?! As Sweden's Foreign Minister twitted to the naive Egyptian Ambassador in Sweden who was trying to find an excuse to justify the killing: "So they all shoot themselves? Try another one"..

Brit in Turkey

8/19/2013 9:52:23 AM

Tekion Particle: This was posted elsewhere on HDN and with apologies to the poster I repeat it: "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Mark Twain

Tekion Particle

8/18/2013 8:40:20 PM

@Wewomen kennedy, so you are saying that there is certain correlation between MB in Egypt and AKP in Turkey. I could not agree more, they are out to help themselves. Use democracy to come to power and then run the country like a family business by manipulating people with the use of religion. More restriction on the public means more freedom for the rulers to do what they like unimpeded, e.g. Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Tekion Particle

8/18/2013 8:25:56 PM

He is up to his neck in goo and yet he is constantly meddling in other countries affairs as if his life depended on it. Why can't he just shut his pie/kebab hole since what he says makes no difference anywhere in the geopolitical spectrum of the planet earth. No one cares what you think. I am afraid you are viewed as a bit of a joke in the world political scenes, so STOP TALKING for the sake of your own sanity. I have never seen a government make so many enemies without actually going to war.

Brit in Turkey

8/18/2013 7:56:23 PM

Baris: I know how important Iran was to the western countries, I was there, working with Americans and other nationalities on a huge infrastructure project.

Hakan Salci

8/18/2013 7:47:43 PM

Let’s get this straight; once good old holiday buddy Bashar has become a dictator, now with finance from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE, the AKP (not Turkey) is instigating a civil war in Syria that has killed over 100,000 people. Sisi has also become a dictator also and Erdogan's allies in Syria have been accused by him of being co-accomplices in state terrorism. So where does that leave our confused PM? His friends are his enemies as well? They have turned Turkey into a joke.
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