Egypt's Hamid: el-Sissi responsible for sour Turkey ties
by Emre Özüm
ANKARAJan 26, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Emre Özüm
Jan 26, 2016 12:00 am
Former Egyptian Minister Yahya Hamid said on Monday that normalization of bilateral relations between Egypt and Turkey depend upon three pre-conditions for the democracy of Egypt, as previously demanded by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Speaking at a panel titled "Egypt: Revolution, the Coup and Thereafter" at the SETA Foundation in Ankara, the Minister of Investment under Mohamed Morsi, the elected President of Egypt who was toppled by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in July 2013 during a military coup, Yahya Hamid underlined, "President Erdoğan's conditions for the normalization of relations were: ceasing executions, releasing political prisoners and providing political freedom for Egyptian citizens, as was determined by the President."
"I think that the Turkish government does not give up its principle values easily, but this does not mean that Turkey does not meet diplomatically with the Sissi governance," Yahya Hamid said, noting that the revolution of Egyptian society is not over yet, and the revolution is what Egypt needs for democracy.
Researcher Yavuz Güçtürk drew attention to the human rights violations of the Sissi administration and underlined that Sissi's administration had strengthened military tutelage in Eygpt. Former Egyptian deputy Abdel Mohsen criticized the Sissi government. "An independent legislative and an independent executive are fundamental for a constitutional state, but the new regulations under Sissi governance have destroyed these core elements of legislation and established a dictatorship," Mohsen said.