Trade: Egypt's business federation suspends ties with Turkey

28 August, 12:39

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, AUGUST 28 - The Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC) suspended relations with Turkey on Tuesday to protest Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "insults" against Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, as World Bulletin website reports. "The FEDCOC announces the suspension of relations with the Turkish government until the Turkish premier apologizes to the Egyptian people for insulting the imam of Al-Azhar," federation chairman Ahmed al-Wakil declared in a statement. On Sunday, Erdogan criticized al-Tayeb for the latter's support of the "military coup" against elected president Mohamed Morsi.

    "History will curse the imam of Al-Azhar as it cursed religious intellectuals in Turkey before," Erdogan said. "The FEDCOC condemns Erdogan's insult to a highly-esteemed religious and Islamic figure," al-Wakil said. Al-Tayeb gave his blessing to an army-imposed roadmap by which Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was ousted on July 3 after mass protests against his presidency. Under the roadmap, the constitution was suspended and Adly Mansour, the head of constitutional court, was installed as interim president.

    Turkish officials have denounced Morsi's ouster as a "military coup," with Erdogan insisting that Morsi remains Egypt's legitimate president. The FEDCOC chairman said that Erdogan's behavior represented "not only an insult to Egypt, but to all Muslims around the world." Al-Wakil urged the Federation of Turkish Chambers of Commerce to convey the Egyptian business community's displeasure to the Turkish government. He said that such remarks by Turkish officials amounted to "interference" in Egypt's domestic affairs and threatened the two countries' mutual economic interests. (ANSAmed).

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