Turkey risks backlash amid silence over Egypt spy claims

Turkey’s government remains worryingly silent after Egypt arrested 29 people accusing them of spying for Turkey and seeking to topple the regime.

By ignoring the issue, Ankara risks a future backlash from Arab nationalists opposing Turkey’s neo-Ottoman agenda, writes Ertuğrul Özkök in the daily Hürriyet.

As announced by the Egyptian press, the country’s intelligence services “brought down the biggest Muslim Brotherhood spy ring that was working on behalf of Turkey”. Charges include membership of a terrorist organization, illegal money transfers and making foreign exchange transactions without a license, Özkök said.

Egypt is officially saying that Turkey attempted to bring down its government, just as Turkey claims a trial of Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab is an attempt to bring down its own government. Turkey needs to answer these “slanders”, he said.