Egypt summons Turkish envoy over Gaza criticism

Egypt on Sunday summoned Turkey`s charge d`affaires over criticism of Cairo`s handling of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 21, 2014, 01:08 AM IST

Cairo: Egypt on Sunday summoned Turkey`s charge d`affaires over criticism of Cairo`s handling of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry summoned the Turkish charge d`affaires to lodge Egypt`s rejection and resentment over Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s comment, slamming Egypt`s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an illegitimate tyrant.


Erdogan also said that Egypt could not be relied upon to negotiate a ceasefire with Israel.
Turkey and Egypt withdrew their ambassadors last year after the military ousted Egyptian Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.


Turkey`s government has had a strained relationship with Egypt since the ouster of Morsi.


The spat between Ankara and Cairo came to a head in November when Egypt`s military rulers expelled Turkey`s ambassador over Erdogan`s support for Morsi, prompting a tit-for-tat response from the Turkish government.