Turkey says Egypt policy focuses on principles, not names

Unal said Turkey had prepared a reply to the letter.

Turkey says Egypt policy focuses on principles, not names

A spokesperson for the Turkish ministry of foreign affairs said on Wednesday that Turkey's policy regarding Egypt did not concentrate on names, but on principles.

Holding a press briefing at the foreign ministry headquarters in capital Ankara, Spokesperson Selcuk Unal said the primary step to be taken in Egypt should be to assess the public's demands and complete the transition process as soon as possible.

Noting that Turkey closely monitored the latest developments in the country, Unal said, "We are not supporting or objecting to any names in Egypt".

"We are conducting a policy that focuses on principles rather than names," the spokesperson added.

Commenting on the letter brought to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu by the Egyptian Ambassador in Ankara, Abdurrahman Selahaddin, Unal reiterated that the letter "did not carry any statement of protest".

Unal said Turkey had prepared a reply to the letter, however, it had not been sent yet.

"As we consider Egypt a friend and brother, we prefer to express our opinion openly," he said.

Regarding Israel's recent statement calling on Turkey not to intervene in Egypt's domestic matters, Unal said he found Israel's comment on the issue strange.

"We do not intervene in the domestic matters of any country," Unal said, adding that Turkey's stance on the issue was clear.

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