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Turkey calls on Egyptians to avoid violence, respect rule of law

Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (photo credit: AP/Hakan Goktepe/Turkish Foreign Ministry)
Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (photo credit: AP/Hakan Goktepe/Turkish Foreign Ministry)

Turkey, which has its own problems with violent anti-government protests, is calling on Egyptian authorities to respect the rule of law and the people’s will by sticking to democratic norms, diplomatic correspondent Raphael Ahren reports.

“Turkey sees the stability and security of brother and friend Egypt as crucially important for both our country and the region, and Turkey has always supported the free will of Egyptians in the Jan. 25 revolution,” the Foreign Ministry in Ankara said in an official statement, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

“We are deeply concerned about the ‘deadly incidents’ that occurred between groups which have different opinions,” the statement read, according to the paper. “All parties should make efforts to support Egypt’s unity, democratic institutions, stability, economic development and avoid all types of violence and provocation… It is always possible to find solutions to political and economic problems with dialogue where democratic mechanisms are operated.”

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