Turkey’s foreign ministry said that Egypt’s objection to the “democratically elected government” phrase in a UN Security Council statement condemning the recent coup attempt in Turkey was “meaningful”, reported the Anadolu agency.
However, the Foreign ministry’s spokesman Tanju Bilgic considered Egypt’s opposition a natural stance because the government there had come to power via a coup.
In fact, Egypt has been ruled by a military rule since the military coup in 2013 led by General Abdel al-Fattah al-Sisi against Mohamed Morsi the first democratically elected president.
The Egyptian Turkish relations have deteriorated after the coup as Turkey didn’t recognize al-Sisi military regime and it also provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
During a press conference Bilgic said, “It is natural for those who have come to power through coup to refrain from taking a stance against the coup attempt aimed at our president and government, who came to office through democratic elections.”
Egypt has blocked a UN call to respect democratically elected government in Turkey. A diplomat said that the United Nations’ Security Council failed on Saturday to condemn the violence and unrest in Turkey after Egypt objected to a statement that called on all parties to “respect the democratically elected government of Turkey.”
Cairo said the council was not in the position to qualify a government as democratically elected or otherwise, according to diplomatic sources.
Egypt is one of 10 non permanent UN Security Council member states.
Statements by the 15-member Security council have to be agreed by consensus.
Turkish forces loyal to President Tayyip Erdogan succeeded in crushing an attempted military coup on Saturday after crowds answered his call to take to the streets in support of the government and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.