Turkey to Egypt’s ElBaradei: You Are Not Elected! You are a Coup Leader, Can’t Talk to You!


July 19, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused an offer of talks by Egypt’s interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, saying he was not elected to the post but appointed by a coup administration.

According to a report published by Turkish daily Today’s Zaman on Thursday, Erdogan said he had received a letter from ElBaradei seeking a telephone conversation following the Turkish premier’s harsh criticism of the military coup in Egypt.

“Why would I ever talk to you? You are not an elected [vice president]. You are a [vice president] appointed by a coup administration,” Erdogan said in reference to ElBaradei during a ceremony in Ankara.

ElBaradei was appointed as Egypt’s vice president for foreign relations after the military deposed President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 and declared the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, as caretaker president. Read more…

United States, Britain and the UN surprisingly refuse to classify what happened in Egypt as a coup. Only the African Union properly regarded it so.