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Egypt Summons Turkish Diplomat

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FILE - Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, July 22, 2014.

FILE - Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, July 22, 2014.

Egypt has summoned the Turkish charge d'affaires over comments by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that insulted the Egyptian president.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry warned Saturday the prime minister's words could limit bilateral relations.

Erdogan said in an interview with broadcaster CNN that Egypt's president, former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was a "tyrant.'' He also accused Egypt's leaders of an insincere approach to the Gaza crisis.

Relations between Egypt and Turkey have strained since the Egyptian army ousted the governing Muslim Brotherhood last year.

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