Egypt says waits for clear message from Turkey

Egypt claims current Turkish policies were based on "ideological thinking" that sought to serve the best interests of one party at the cost of the whole region. Turkish PM says relations can be brought to a better level when the Egyptian regime takes necessary steps to be a country of law and pay attention to the national will of its own people.

Egypt says waits for clear message from Turkey

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt is waiting for a clear message from Turkey, one that can open the door for the return of close relations between the two countries, a senior Egyptian diplomat said Sunday.

"The Egyptian people has good feelings toward the Turkish people," Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry added.

Speaking at the headquarters of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo, Shoukry added that the Turkish people had equally good feelings toward Egyptians.

He said current Turkish policies were based on what he described as "ideological thinking" that sought to serve the best interests of one party at the cost of the whole region.

"Without a doubt, this is not a positive policy and it does not contribute to the presence of close relations between Egypt and Turkey," Shoukry said.

He said Egypt would always be ready to positively interact with Turkey as soon as Ankara stayed away from interfering in Egypt's internal affairs.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister said his country had not adopted any negative attitude toward Turkey. He added that Turkish officials continued to make what he described as "contradictory message."

"We are no longer able to know who exactly speaks for the Turkish position," Shoukry said.

"We should not waste our time trying to reply to offences already derided at the international level," he added.

"No policy change unless Egypt respects national will"

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said earlier that his country had hoped that the rule of law would be activated in Egypt in the presence of a political process that reflected the real public will in the country.

He added that only then the current condition of relations between Turkey and Egypt would change.

"Our Egypt policy is based on principles. We have no issues with Egypt or Egyptians. Our problem is with the administration that came into power when a military coup ousted an elected president and killed 3,000 to 4,000 [people] in demonstrations," he said.

Davutoglu noted that his country only had a problem with the government of Egypt, which, according to him, acts violently against its own people.

He said this was a matter of principle for Turkey.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc also commented on Turkish relations with Egypt saying that Turkey wants "zero problems" with its neighboring countries. "If there is deterioration in relations between the two countries, we are not the destructive party."

"We want peace to dominate in the region and countries to have good relations. We also want to improve our relations with all countries including Egypt. However, the Egyptian government should change its current policy over human rights violations. Unfair accusations, illegal trials and political executions in the country should stop," he said.

The Egyptian government has repeatedly denied accusations that it applies force in dispersing protests in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt also says that it faces unprecedented terrorist attacks, blaming the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which Morsi hails, for these attacks.

Shourky, meanwhile, said in dealing with Qatar, Egypt put into consideration that it was an Arab state.

He added that in this Qatar was different from Turkey.

"There is a desire for reuniting the Arabs and ending the tension of the past," Shoukry said.

Relations between Egypt and Qatar seem to be on the way of improvement almost a year and a half after these relations deteriorated against the background of the ouster by the Egyptian army of elected President Mohamed Morsi.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Aralık 2014, 16:55