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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks during the opening of a new metro line in Istanbul, July 7. AA photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks during the opening of a new metro line in Istanbul, July 7. AA photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has again slammed the military overthrow of elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, calling for his “immediate” release.
 
“Any attitude that can drag [Egypt] into confrontation should be avoided. We expect that all politicians, Morsi and the prime minister [Hisham Qandil] in the first instance, will be immediately released,” Erdoğan said today during the opening of a new metro line in Istanbul.   
 
“Egypt’s so-called administration may make statements such as ‘Turkey is meddling in our internal affairs.’ But we are expressing that we stand with the Egyptian people and our principles,” he said.
 
Morsi was toppled July 3 when the army suspended the Constitution and appointed the head of the Constitutional Court as the interim president following four days of massive protests. The controversial, Muslim Brotherhood-backed president is currently being held in military custody in an undisclosed location. 
 
‘We don’t side with the putschists’
 
Erdoğan also raised his rhetoric against the countries that have shied away from describing the takeover as a “coup.”

“The European Union has not yet made a statement condemning the coup. Where is your EU acquis? The United Nations hasn’t made a resolute statement. Some Muslim countries have not rebuked the coup with courage. Those who abandon the Egypt under Morsi’s administration by backing the putschists are punishing the people,” he said, adding that only Turkey and Qatar had supported the deposed president. 
 
“May nobody deceive anybody. In Egypt, a coup has been staged. And a coup, whomever it targets, is bad and prejudicial. It murders democracy and the future. Those who don’t call a coup a coup are the supporters of a coup,” Erdoğan said. 
 
“We are not siding with the putschists. We are siding with the result of the ballot,” he said, adding that Morsi had been targeted by “plots” from inside and outside since he was elected. 
 
“Why can those who see Tahrir Square not see al-Adawiyah Square? Aren’t those Egyptian people, too?” he asked, referring to the squares were anti-Morsi protesters and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have gathered in Cairo. 
 
Erdoğan also criticized the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), accusing it of not condemning the coup strongly enough. 

July/07/2013

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Köksüz Kosmopolit

7/8/2013 4:17:38 PM

@Mara, Tayyip's shirt isn't that bad, actually. Maybe if he’d stick to choosing “business casual” clothing, he’d make a positive contribution.

Misses Ataturk

7/8/2013 3:58:18 PM

Umm.... wasn't it you Tayyip who said to other countries to 'stay out of your business?'

Köksüz Kosmopolit

7/8/2013 3:30:52 PM

@OR, apparently you haven’t noticed, but Turkey has no sultan, no caliph. The Turkish people threw them out because they had brought disaster and defeat on the nation. From the ashes of their failure Mustafa Kemal raised a new republic of liberty, reason and equality. You should be grateful; it’s thanks to MKA and the nation he founded that you are a free, educated citizen, not an illiterate peasant râya. Why do you pine for the darkness of Ottoman ignorance?

Irish Rover

7/8/2013 1:01:30 PM

@Tekion, you're right and you can speak in the name of your friends and relatives. My Turkish family, neighbors and co-workers feel the same way as you describe, as do many of the Turkish commentators on this site. Of course, I speak about the educated and progressive people of Istanbul.

A European

7/8/2013 1:00:46 PM

Someone's scared that his turn is next...

Blue Dotterel

7/8/2013 11:05:42 AM

If Morsi has the support of the Egyptian people, they will have him released just as Chavez was released by the display of public support after the US backed coup in Venezuela in 2002.

sonnudagreat

7/8/2013 10:22:29 AM

mic check mic check 1 2 1 2 . mr sultan can you speak little low they may hear you and laugh at us again .ssssssshhhhhhhhhh

B12

7/8/2013 10:02:17 AM

I see a frightened man....

american american

7/8/2013 4:20:42 AM

mr. rankin, come to turkey and see how the 'rule of law' is implemented in the pm's favor. term limits? no problem, change the constitution. free press? only for the in-laws. freedom of speech? insults only allowed for the ruling party....

william scott

7/8/2013 2:46:34 AM

Does Erdogan see no similarity ?
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