Turkey slams Egypt criticism over death sentences response

Turkey's foreign ministry spokesperson describes Egypt's denouncement of Turkey's mass death sentence criticism as 'tragicomic'

Turkey's foreign ministry spokesperson describes Egypt's denouncement of Turkey's mass death sentence criticism as 'tragicomic'

ANKARA - Turkey's foreign ministry once again on Monday slammed Egypt's statements over 'Turkish nonsense,' regarding the death sentences of 183 people by an Egyptian court.

Turkish foreign ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgic issued a statement early on Thursday saying that the recent denouncement by Egypt is "just another tragicomic effort by coup leaders."

Egypt accused Turkey of "continuously supporting the terrorist (Muslim) Brotherhood group and hosting many of its members and channels that incite murder and terror."

In a statement titled "Egypt Condemns Turkish Provocations," the Egyptian ministry said that the Turkish foreign ministry had “not considered the feelings of the martyrs' families and their right to justice."

"Turkey's fraud and influence on its judiciary has repeatedly been exposed to the world. In this context, the Turkish foreign ministry should have noted its country's own internal ills and attempted to fix them instead of sticking its nose where it does not belong. The Turkish government, with its current human rights record, is in no position to be lecturing others," Egypt's foreign ministry said.

The recent mass death sentences were harshly condemned by the Turkish foreign ministry, which said the ruling was "far from a fair trial" and would not provide Egypt with long-term peace or stability.

The defendants -- many of whom are supporters of the democratically elected former President Mohamed Morsi -- were convicted of involvement in the unrest that followed Morsi's ouster by the military.

Bilgic said in the statement that Egypt is in "a weak and complex position" after targeting Turkey among many other countries and international organizations that condemned the death sentences.

"It is clear that the administration in Egypt, who thinks oppression and domination is a way of ruling, is nowhere near what modern democracies look like," Bilgic said.

The spokesperson stated that the Egyptian foreign Ministry's statement "cannot be taken seriously," adding, "Turkey will continue to stand for the Egyptian people's peace and prosper."

Relations between Egypt and Turkey deteriorated severely after Morsi's ouster by the army in July 2013, with both countries downgrading their respective diplomatic representation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists on calling Morsi's ouster a "military coup."

Egypt, meanwhile, accuses Ankara of interfering in its affairs and ignoring "the will of the Egyptian people."

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