UK media is reporting that the the Egyptian government has asked Turkey’s ambassador to leave the country in protest over its support of the Muslim Brotherhood. According to a report in The Guardian:
The Egyptian government has asked Turkey’s ambassador to leave in protest for its support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of the deposed president Mohamed Morsi.
Egypt’s military government accused Turkey of supporting organisations bent on spreading instability. Turkey has denounced removal of the elected Morsi as an ‘unacceptable coup’.
Since the coup in July, thousands of the new government’s opponents have been detained and hundreds killed by security forces.
Turkey was ‘attempting to influence public opinion against Egyptian interests, supported meetings of organisations that seek to create instability in the country,’ said a foreign ministry spokesman, Badr Abdelatty, on Saturday.
Turkey’s ruling AK party has a similar background to the Muslim Brotherhood and both have endured a rivalry with their national armies.
Turkey and Egypt recalled their ambassadors in August after Turkey criticised Egypt’s new leaders over the overthrow of Morsi. Turkey’s ambassador returned weeks later, but Egypt had declined to return its envoy to Ankara.
Saturday’s decision comes after the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, renewed his criticism of Egypt’s new leaders.
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A 2011 report authored by the GMBDWeditor on the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood networks concluded:
The Gaza flotilla incident brought into sharp focus an even more significant long- term development: the growing relationship between the Erdogan government and the Global Muslim Brotherhood, which has given rise to some of the most notorious Islamist terrorist groups – from al-Qaeda to Hamas. Since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood, while the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip acted as the main axis for this activity.
For example, the GMBDW reported earlier this month that a “Workshop on the situation of Palestinian refugees of Syria” was held at an Istanbul hotel.