Egypt condemns Ankara attack

Saturday 10-10-2015 04:25 PM
Egypt condemns Ankara attack

Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a conference in Ankara, June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic


CAIRO, Oct 10 (Aswat Masriya)- Egypt condemned on Saturday two explosions that killed at least 30 people near a train station in the Turkish city of Ankara.

The twin explosions hit a rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists outside Ankara's main train station, said Reuters.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogen “strongly condemned the heinous attack” and said that it targeted Turkey’s unity and solidarity.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry stressed in a statement its stance with the Turkish people.

It further condemned “terrorism” in all its forms, adding that “no country is immune from this imminent danger” which requires the international community to confront all “terrorist organisations”.

Egyptian-Turkish relations have been strained since the military ouster of Egypt's first democratically-elected Islamist President Mohammed Mursi in July 2013, following mass protests against his rule. 

Turkey was a vocal critic of what it believed was a blow to democracy. At the end of September 2014, Erdogan condemned President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s rise to power and called Mursi the “legitimate” president of Egypt at the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. 

The two countries have downgraded their diplomatic representation. 

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