Egypt accuses Turkey of 'embrace and support of the Muslim Brotherhood'

The foreign ministry accused Erdogan of hypocrisy, citing a list of alleged human rights abuses by Ankara.
Wednesday 27/02/2019
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt, attends a summit between Arab league and European Union member states, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, February 25, 2019. (Reuters)
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt, attends a summit between Arab league and European Union member states, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, February 25, 2019. (Reuters)

Egypt hit back Wednesday at Turkish criticism of EU leaders for meeting their Arab counterparts in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh just days after Cairo executed nine people.

The foreign ministry accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of support to the Muslim Brotherhood, the outlawed Islamist movement that Egyptian authorities have said was behind the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor and other terrorist acts.

His statement "clearly involves hatred and expresses its (Turkey's) continued embrace and support of the Muslim Brotherhood," ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

He accused Erdogan of hypocrisy, citing a list of alleged human rights abuses by Ankara.

"This ... illustrates the lack of credibility of what the Turkish president is promoting," Hafez said.

Erdogan accused the European Union of insincerity on Tuesday for attending the joint summit hosted by his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday and Monday.

"Can we talk about democracy in EU member countries who accepted the invitation of Sisi, who has executed 42 people since he came to power and nine young people last week, although capital punishment is banned (in the EU)?" he asked.

he was referring to the nine men executed on February 20 and who were convicted of a June 2015 Cairo car bombing that killed prosecutor general Hisham Barakat following jihadist calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge the government's crackdown on Islamists.

"It is not possible to understand them. The EU is not sincere."

Erdogan's critics at home and abroad assail his massive crackdown on opponents.  

About 70,000 people are currently under arrest in conjunction with the 2016 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Most of them are accused of links to the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.

After the fall of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, an Erdogan ally, members of the group have found refuge in Turkey.

Egypt has outlawed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation and handed down death sentences or lengthy prison terms against scores of its leaders.

(AFP)