Egypt summons Turkish diplomat "again" over Erdogan's remarks

Egypt summons Turkish diplomat "again" over Erdogan's remarks

CAIRO, July 26 (Xinhua) -- For the second time in a week, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry summoned Saturday the Turkish charge d' affaires to protest recent statements made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that described Egypt's newly-elected President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as "tyrant."

"We are currently summoning the Turkish charge d'affaires to the ministry's headquarters in Cairo again to deliver him a strong protest message against these violations," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, referring to Erdogan's remarks in a recent interview with CNN where he described Sisi as "tyrant."

"The continuous violation against Egypt and its elected leadership will undoubtedly lead to more Egyptian procedures that would limit the development of the bilateral relations between the two countries," the statement said.

Egypt summoned the same Turkish diplomat in Cairo on July 20, two days after Erdogan made similar statements against the Egyptian president and the Egyptian bid for ceasefire in Gaza, mocking the course of democracy in the country following the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last year.

In early June, Egypt summoned the Turkish diplomat to protest Turkish criticism of the Egyptian presidential election that led to Sisi's leadership.

Relations between the two countries have been strained since Morsi's removal, led by Sisi then, in July 2013. Soon afterward, Turkey emerged as one of the fiercest critics of the Egyptian new leadership, referring to Morsi's ouster as an "unacceptable coup."

Ankara later condemned Egypt's massive security crackdown on supporters of the overthrown president, which left more than 1,000 dead and thousands of others detained.

In November of 2013, Egypt recalled its ambassador in Turkish capital Ankara and expelled the Turkish ambassador from Cairo.