Erdogan blames Al-Azhar Grand Imam

Erdogan, referring to the Sheikh of Al Azhar University, said "When I saw the Sheikh of Al Azhar University beside the coup perpetrators, I was disappointed."

Erdogan blames Al-Azhar Grand Imam

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb over his support to military coup against elected President Mohammad Morsi. Erdogan said on Sunday that there could not be a democratic coup and that "a coup is a coup", criticizing those who fail to call the military coup in Egypt as a "coup".

Speaking at the assembly meeting of Recep Tayyip Erdogan University Development Foundation in Rize province, Turkish Premier Erdogan touched upon the recent developments in Egypt following the military coup on July 3 and the following civilian massacre by Egyptian security forces.

Stating on the countries and institutions, which did not call these as 'coup', Erdogan stressed that those who could not call the coup as it is, betrayed not the past, but the future.

"We harshly criticized the coup in Egypt both from a humanitarian perspective and based on our conscience and principles," Erdogan said, adding that coups could not have any legal, fair and reasonable justifications.

Erdogan, referring to the Sheikh of Al Azhar University, said "When I saw the Sheikh of Al Azhar University beside the coup perpetrators, I was disappointed."

Turkish PM Erdogan also noted that the supporters of the military coup in Egypt are trying to justify it as a democratic action by Egyptian army.

"A coup is coup, there could not be a democratic coup," he stressed.

Erdogan also slammed those blaming Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt, for making mistakes that led to his ouster, to legitimize the military coup against his regime.

He called such sentences as "Morsi also made mistakes" a "direct support to the military coup".

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was ousted by the army under an army roadmap on July 3.

Thousands of his supporters have since taken to the streets to demand his return to power.

Erdogan also mentioned the Gezi Park protests of June, underlining that the meaning of freedom must be well understood by all.

"Freedom is what you can do until the boundaries of another person's freedoms, by respecting the public order," he said.

He also added that fight for freedom can only be with ideas not with weapons.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ağustos 2013, 14:35
Mohamed Fouad
Mohamed Fouad - 8 yıl Önce

First he blames Israel, then the Gran Imam of Alazhar, who is he going to blame next ? He is becoming obsessed with Egypt and his focus on his country is slipping away.

A nationalist Egyptian
A nationalist Egyptian - 8 yıl Önce

As a nationalist Egyptian, I am really sick of reading your irresponsible and immature remarks about the people's revolution against the Islamic fascist regime of ex-president Morsi. I advise you to mind your business and respect democracy in your own country. The way that you dealt with your own protestors does not show that you have the slightest respect nor understanding of democracy.

Serenita - 8 yıl Önce

Erdogan is a great man whatever standard you adopt, whatever his mistakes might be. First because he stands on principles.On the other hand, Obama has not shown statesmanship to be entitled to consideration despite his Nobel prize. He couldn't say to the face of a Third World petty tyrant (general Sissi) that what he did was a coup and that his hands were covered with blood.

xamadheer - 8 yıl Önce

May ALLAH bless you those not sheikh they are kaafiriin and mujrimiin. They killed Uma muslimiin everyday