Egypt hits back at Turkish foreign minister's remarks over ousting of Morsi

Ahmed Hafez, the spokesman for Egypt's Foreign Ministry, on Saturday slammed statements made by the Turkish Foreign Minister in an interview with CNN TURK, which involved criticism of the political developments Egypt underwent following ousting of President Mohammed Morsi, the Egypt Independent reported.

Hafez said that the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu's remarks showcase that Turkey continues sticking to beliefs contrary to reality in service of its own ideologies, according to Egypt Independent.

Relations between Turkey and Egypt have been practically non-existent since the Egyptian military, then led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in 2013 ousted democratically-elected president Mohammed Morsi, a top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood. Sisi has since become president.

Erdoğan, who had forged close ties with Morsi, has strongly denounced his ouster and called for the release of Muslim Brotherhood prisoners in Egypt.

The Islamic Brotherhood leader was elected president in 2012 but was ousted in a military coup a year later. The military crushed the Muslim Brotherhood movement in a major crackdown, arresting Morsi and many others of the group's leaders, who have been in prison undergoing multiple trials ever since the coup.