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‘Egypt considers Turkey a bigger threat than Iran’

Egyptian Ambassador to Washington Yasser Reda on 10 October 2017 [Jim Greenhill/Flickr]

Egyptian Ambassador to Washington Yasser Reda said Cairo believes Turkey is more dangerous than the Iran; a leaked telegram published the Twitter account of anonymous social media activist Nafez Nafez revealed.

Speaking during a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart, Reda spoke of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a very negative way saying that the problem with Ankara is that the Arab countries have different positions on it.

Turkey has refused to maintain diplomatic ties with Egypt since the military coup which ousted the country’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Reda went on to say that Jordan and Egypt have been successful in their fight against terrorism, both Daesh and other groups, while Saudi Arabia has not been.

Nafez, who describes himself as an Arab citizen who has relations with officials and decision-makers and who has decided to sing from a different song sheet, said he considers what has been mentioned in the document about Saudi Arabia’s role in combating extremist ideology and its lack of experience in this field is a reference to the Kingdom’s adoption of Wahhabist ideology.

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