Beijing: Turkey has cancelled two naval drills with Egypt over the Arab nation`s use of force against Muslim Brotherhood protesters, which has killed at least 578 people, Turkey``s Hurriyet daily reported on Friday.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu said on Twitter Friday that Turkey conveyed to Egypt about its decision to cancel its invitation to Egypt to participate in the two exercises, one bilateral and the other within NATO.
Ankara`s decision to cancel the drills came a day after it recalled its ambassador from Egypt, where spiraling violence prompted the government to declare a state of emergency and a month long curfew, according to the report.
Turkey`s Islamic-rooted government has strongly condemned the " aggression" by the Egyptian security forces against supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which left at least 578 killed and over 4,200 injured, according to official reports.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to convene quickly on the situation in Egypt.