Turkey will not recognise Egypt’s Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who orchestrated the military coup or any other person if elected as president of Egypt, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Erdogan told Al-Jazeera English that he cannot accept or recognise a regime which came through a military coup, adding that he doubts the Egyptian presidential elections would be fair.
“Turkey has witnessed many coups and their perpetrators received high votes. A similar thing could occur in Egypt.
“Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi won the presidency with 52 per cent of the votes. Only the Egyptian people have the right to dismiss him by democratic means and not with a military coup. This is my position on any coup against democracy and every democratic leader should take the same stance,” he explained.
Erdogan said the people of both Turkey and Egypt are brothers and the Egyptian people do not deserve such a fate.
Egyptian-Turkish relations deteriorated after the Egyptian army ousted elected President Mohammed Morsi on July 3 of last year because of Turkey’s rejection of the coup. The Egyptian military backed government withdrew its ambassador from Ankara in November and reduced diplomatic representation with Turkey, Turkey did not match their response.