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CAIRO (Reuters) - Cairo's Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned the Turkish charge d'affaires in protest over derogatory comments by Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, aimed at the Egyptian president, state media reported.
Erdogan, a long time supporter of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood which was removed from power by the army last year, called President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi an "illegitimate tyrant", according to media reports.
He has ratcheted up his rhetoric against Israel and its allies in recent days, accusing the Jewish State of "surpassing Hitler in barbarism," and criticising the U.S. and the rest of the Muslim world for failing to intervene.
Erdogan is hoping to become Turkey's first directly elected president in polls due on Aug. 10. Anti-Israel and pro-Muslim Brotherhood feeling is rife amongst the largely Sunni conservative voter base he is relying on to give him victory.