Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos
Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, defended Turkey’s stance vis-à-vis the military takeover in Egypt and Syria, while criticizing the European Union for the slowness of accession negotiations in his address to foreign ambassadors in Ankara.
“Turkey’s foreign policy is not based on interests but values. We have always acted in Syria, in Iraq, in Libya and in Tunisia [in light of] these values”, Erdoğan said in his address during the AKP’s sixth iftar dinner for ambassadors in Ankara on Thursday.
Erdoğan said it was not possible for the Turkish government to accept the toppling of an elected president in ways other than elections, as in Egypt.
“As a country that paid heavy prices in its struggle for democracy, we don’t want the Egyptians, whom we see as our brothers, to [pass through] the same suffering. We would have shown the same position if the coup targeted the opposition and not [deposed President Mohamed] Morsi”, Erdoğan said, denying that Turkey was intruding in Egypt’s internal politics.
“To express our stance on a matter of such importance for our region has to be comprehended and even taken as an example”, he said, criticizing once again the attitude of countries that failed to condemn the takeover.