'One Morsi will go, a thousand Morsis will come in Egypt,' Turkish EU minister says
Turkey's EU Minister Egemen Bağış reiterated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's criticism against Western countries for their reaction following the ouster of Egypt's elected President Mohamed Morsi by the army. DHA photo
The Muslim Brotherhood organization is rooted enough to come back to power in Egypt, Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış said, commenting on the military overthrow of the elected President Mohamed Morsi.
"One Morsi will go, another Morsi will come. The Muslim Brotherhood has a strength that it has constituted since the 1920s," Bağış said during an interview today with private broadcaster NTV.
Commenting on claims that there was an application to Turkey to grant asylum to Morsi, Bağış repeated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's answer that no such request had been received.
He added that Turkey had always opened its doors to "victims," but said that he preferred to see Morsi "doing politics rather than in Istanbul."
Bağış also slammed the United States and Europe's attitude toward the Egyptian military's intervention.
"We are facing a world who can't call a coup a coup. A leader elected by democratic means has been toppled in front of everyone's eyes, forced out by the army, with the tank's pressure. What is it if not a coup? It is an outright coup," Bağış said.
Turkey has voiced the strongest criticism after Morsi's ouster on July 3. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan argued yesterday that there was no such thing as a "democratic coup" and slammed Western countries for their reaction.