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Obama BFF Erdogan: Egypt must free Morsi before it can restore ties with Turkey

 By REUTERS
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ISTANBU – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Egypt should free ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from jail and lift death sentences against his supporters before Ankara could consider an improvement in relations with Cairo.

Ties between the two former allies have been strained since then Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled elected President Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
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Egyptian security forces then mounted one of the fiercest crackdowns against the Islamist movement, killings hundreds of supporters at a Cairo protest camp, arresting thousands and putting Morsi and other leaders on trial.

“Mr Morsi is a president elected by 52 percent of the votes. They should give him his freedom,” Erdogan was quoted by Turkish newspapers as telling reporters traveling on his plane as he returned from an official visit to Iran.

An official from Erdogan’s office confirmed his comments.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood has close ties with Turkey’s ruling AK Party, which Erdogan co-founded and which has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of Morsi’s removal, calling it an “unacceptable coup” by the army.

Erdogan’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, and his support of a Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen in which Egyptian warships have taken part, have triggered speculation about a possible thaw in ties between Ankara and Cairo.

Erdogan had more conditions before that could happen, and reiterated his criticism of Western countries for not being more vocal about Egypt’s treatment of political prisoners.

“Secondly, doesn’t the West say it is against the death sentence? There are 3,000 people there sentenced to death. This should be lifted,” Erdogan said, when he was asked if there was any chance of rapprochement in relations with Cairo.
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Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds of alleged Brotherhood supporters to death in recent months, many in mass trials condemned by foreign governments and rights groups as violating international law.

Erdogan said there were around 18,000 political prisoners who should be retried and bans on political parties in Egypt, which he says are arbitrary, should be removed.

“They say ‘Turkey should not interfere with our domestic affairs’. We are not interfering. If something happens in a country against freedoms, we should speak up,” Erdogan said.

Egypt has complained about previous comments made by Erdogan against Sisi and rejected Turkey’s criticism of the government.

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Egypt calls on anti-IS coalition to intervene in Libya

The US-led alliance has previously launched military action against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq, but not in Libya
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct strike missions against ISIL targets, in the Arabian Gulf in this U.S. Navy handout photograph provided September 23, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
 
An aide to Egypt’s foreign minister has called on the US-led international coalition against Islamic State (IS) to intervene against the militant group in Libya, as it has previously done in Syria and Iraq.

Ambassador Abdel-Rahman Salah said that “terrorism should be dealt with comprehensively wherever it exists”, according to a foreign ministry statement issued on Thursday.

Salah, who took part in a meeting with the anti-IS alliance in Jordan on Wednesday, said that any military action against the militant group should aim to crush it, not merely force it to move its base of operations.

Since last summer, the anti-IS alliance have launched airstrikes against IS in Syria and Iraq, but not in Libya.

Over the last months, IS has emerged as a participant in the Libyan conflict, as two rival governments – one internationally recognised in Al-Bayda, the other Islamist in Tripoli – and their allied militias continue to fight for control of the country.

In mid-February, Egypt launched air strikes on IS group targets in Libya’s Derna in cooperation with the Libyan army, in response to IS publishing a video of the beheading of 20 Coptic Egyptians, allegedly near Tripoli.

Egypt has also pushed for a Security Council resolution to lift a four-year arms embargo on the internationally-backed Libyan government, so that it can fight IS militants.

The Supreme Council of Cyberspace

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