World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he had not attended a dinner event at the UN General Assembly in September 2014 in order not to be seen with Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
During a live televised interview late Tuesday, Erdogan said "I don't sit at the same table with people like Sisi. They invited us to a dinner at the same table at the UN General Assembly. I did not attend that dinner. Next day, they did the same, I did not attend again."
Erdogan explained he did this in order "not to be in the same picture" as al-Sisi.
"Why? Because that picture would be a black stain for me in the history books. It is impossible for me to sit at the same table with a coup leader. The world knows our attitude on the issue," Erdogan said.
President Erdogan has been visiting various cities in Turkey ahead of the June 7 parliamentary elections. During his public speeches, Erdogan has often repeated: "To me, Sisi is not the president of Egypt. The president of Egypt is [Mohamed] Morsi because he has been publicly elected."Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Haziran 2015, 10:11