CAIRO: Cairo’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned the Turkish charge d’affaires in protest over derogatory comments by Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, aimed at the Egyptian president, state media reported.
Erdogan, a long time supporter of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood which was removed from power by the army last year, called President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi an “illegitimate tyrant”, according to media reports.
The prime minister also slammed Egypt’s efforts to mediate a ceasefire to end the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Islamist Hamas, which has rejected the truce proposal. Erdogan is a vocal supporter of Hamas, which Egypt sees as a security threat because it is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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