Do the Egyptians know something the world doesn’t? Or is this just political move by them to stifle Turkish strongman Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood. From AFP in Yahoo News:
Egypt’s relations with the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been particularly tense.
Erdogan supports the Muslim Brotherhood of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed by the Egyptian army in 2013.
The Turkish leader has denounced that move as a “coup d’etat,” drawing the wrath of the Egyptian general behind the ouster, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president.
During the UN debate, Egypt argued that it was “not for the Security Council to decide whether the government is democratically elected,” and it demanded that the relevant language be deleted, a diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Despite US insistence, Egypt would not budge.
Yesterday, Erdogan, demanded that the United States extradite Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gülen, for orchestrating the coup. Gülen spoke briefly with reporters yesterday. Amana Fontanaella-Khan reports for The Gaurdian:
In a rare and brief interview on Saturday with a small group of journalists at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, Gülen rejected all accusations that he was behind the coup attempt.
“I don’t believe that the world believes the accusations made by President Erdoğan,” Gülen said. “There is a possibility that it could be a staged coup and it could be meant for further accusations [against Gülen and his followers].”
Gülen, who leads from exile a popular movement called Hizmet and split from Erdoğan over a corruption scandal in 2013, spoke in a small prayer room, lined with woven rugs and decorated with Islamic calligraphy and leather-bound religious books. Reporters were served Turkish tea and sweet dry figs at his Pennsylvania compound, which he moved into after arriving in the US in 1999.
He said he rejected all military interventions, and said he had personally suffered after the coups of the 1990s.
“After military coups in Turkey,” he said, “I have been pressured and I have been imprisoned. I have been tried and faced various forms of harassment.”
He added: “Now that Turkey is on the path to democracy, it cannot turn back.”
Meanwhile the number of arrests in Turkey has reached 6000 in response to a coup Erdogan is calling a “gift from God.”