Turkish President Reecep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a fresh attack on Egypt over the death sentence handed to former president Mohamed Morsi, a major ally to Ankara.
Speaking Tuesday to a local TV station, Erdogan slammed the West and Europe for what he described as empty statements made in response to the death sentence Morsi received earlier this month for charges of espionage.
Erdogan accused Europe of adopting double-standards when tackling the political situation in Egypt, saying that he “doubts” Europe’s democracy, in light of its position in this matter.
The Turkish president said his country was working on international initiatives concerning the death sentence handed out against the ousted Egyptian president.
Relations between Ankara and Cairo were severed ever since Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ousted Ankara’s ally, Mohamed Morsi, from presidency in 2013. Turkey frequently states Egypt's current government is a military junta.
Egypt's political leadership and media outlets frequently accuse Ankara of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptian government considers a terrorist group.
Edited translation from Anadolu Agency