Egypt and Turkey have scrapped planned naval exercises over diplomatic row between the two former allies over the deadly crackdown on the supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said in a Friday statement that Cairo decided to cancel the maneuvers scheduled to take place in October in protest at Ankara ' s " clear interference " in domestic affairs of the North African country.
The decision was made in " protest at the unacceptable Turkish statements and actions which represent a clear interference in Egypt ' s domestic affairs and stand against the will of the Egyptian people, " the ministry said.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu wrote on Twitter on Friday that Ankara informed Cairo about its decision to cancel its invitation to Egypt to participate in the two exercises, one bilateral and the other within NATO. The move came after both states recalled their respective ambassadors, following Turkish government’s condemnation of the “massacre” of peaceful protesters in Egypt. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to convene to discuss the recent escalation of violence in Egypt. Erdogan further criticized the international community for its “silence” on the Egyptian army’s deadly crackdown on protesters. "Those who remain silent and indifferent before the massacre in Egypt are among the culprits." The comments came after hundreds of people were killed in government’s bloody crackdown on supporters of Morsi across Egypt in the recent days. Tension has intensified in Egypt since July 3 when the Egyptian army removed Morsi from office. The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.