The Egyptian Journalist and TV program presenter, Ahmed Al-Moslimani, who is close to the Egyptian regime circles, has recently suggested that “Egypt should host Fetullah Gulen if the U.S. decided to extradite him” Gulen, who lives in a self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, the United States is the first defendant in the failed military coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the democratically elected government in Turkey.
Al-Moslimani said -in his “The First Edition” TV program, that is broadcast on the Egyptian pro-regime Dream TV channel- that “Gulen is an innovating Islamic thinker who has Islamic community thoughts that introduce an image of Islam that is different from that introduced by the terrorists and the hard-line currents of the political Islam.”
Some of Egypt’s pro-military media had jumped the gun in their reporting on the attempted coup in Turkey, declaring it a success and welcoming the overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
At least three newspapers ran headlines Saturday, July 16 declaring that Turkey’s army had overthrown Erdogan. But as their print edition was published, Turkey’s government had largely succeeded in quashing the attempted coup.
A red banner on the front page of the state’s flagship Al-Ahram, a state-owned newspaper, declared, “The Turkish army topples Erdogan.”
Erdogan has harshly condemned Morsi’s overthrow, and the two countries have had tense relations since.
Several Brotherhood live in exile in Turkey, having fled a bloody crackdown on Islamists following Morsi’s overthrow.