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Egypt's post-coup authorities block Erdogan's visit to Gaza over his support for Morsi

January 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Egyptian authorities have blocked Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anticipated visit to the Gaza Strip, which was planned to take place in August via Egypt, due to his pro-Morsi statements.

The Turkish newspaper, Watan, reported that the Egyptian authorities informed Ankara that Erdogan would not be allowed to visit Gaza through Egypt because of his pro-Morsi statements and because the Turkish government has not officially recognised the new Egyptian government.

The Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, had told his US counterpart, John Kerry, in a phone call a few days earlier that Erdogan’s visit to the Gaza Strip would contribute positively to the process of national reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas in Palestine, in the context of the peace process.