Turkey says Egypt coup 'unacceptable'

Davutoglu described as "unacceptable" the army's ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, an intervention he labelled a "military coup".

Turkey says Egypt coup 'unacceptable'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday described as unacceptable the army's ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, an intervention he labelled a military coup.

"Only can you be removed from duty through elections, that is, the will of the people. It is unacceptable for a government, which has come to power through democratic elections, to be toppled through illicit means and even more, a military coup," Davutoglu told reporters.

Emphasizing on Turkey's support to democratic demands by the Middle Eastern nations, Davutoglu said, "We have strongly supported the January 25 revolution of our fellow Egyptian friends."

"It is extremely worrying that Morsi, a president who was elected democratically, was ousted by the army," he added.

Stating that undermining the democratic process would be to the disadvantage of the Egyptian people alongside actors working for global peace, Davutoglu said, "Turkey not only supports a group but the whole of Egyptians and Egypt's democratization."

Underlining that "the choice of Egyptians would be the choice of Turkey," Davutoglu emphasized, "All political actors (in Egypt) should participate in the elections without any restriction and discrimination."

He also said, "powers of Egypt's elected authorities should immediately be reinstated."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Temmuz 2013, 15:00
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