Er­do­gan rules out Egypt thaw de­spite diplo­matic blitz

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Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan on Tues­day ruled out a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with Egypt, de­spite a diplo­matic blitz that has seen Ankara mend fences with Rus­sia and Is­rael.

Ties be­tween Turkey and Egypt rup­tured in 2013 af­ter the mil­i­tary ousted elected Is­lamist pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi, a close ally of Er­do­gan’s AKP gov­ern­ment.

Ob­servers had sug­gested a rap­proche­ment may be on the cards af­ter last week saw Turkey re­store ties with Rus­sia and Is­rael fol­low­ing bit­ter diplo­matic rows, seek­ing to boost trade and shore up its re­gional clout.

But Er­do­gan said Tues­day that a thaw with Egypt’s “op­pres­sive regime” should not be ex­pected any time soon.

“The con­text with Egypt is dif­fer­ent from the ap­proaches un­der­taken with Rus­sia and Is­rael,” the Turk­ish strong­man told jour­nal­ists in com­ments cited by Do­gan news agency.

He stressed that Turkey’s dis­pute was with Egypt’s gov­ern­ment, not its peo­ple, and re­peated his con­dem­na­tion of the crack­down on Morsi’s Mus­lim Brother­hood.

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