News / Middle East

Turkish PM Condemns Removal of Morsi

Pro-Islamic Turks, in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans including
Pro-Islamic Turks, in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans including "This is the home of the murderers" as they point toward the U.S embassy during a protest in Ankara, July 5, 2013.
Dorian Jones

Unlike its key Arab allies, Turkey has condemned the overthrow of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Analysts warn that the fall of Morsi has dealt a major blow to Turkey's ambition of extending its influence across the Middle East.
 

Turkey's prime minister on Friday condemned the military intervention that toppled Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi as an enemy of democracy, and criticized the West for failing to brand the ouster a coup.
 

Referring to his country's history of coups, Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that such military uprisings come at a heavy price.
 

"Coups are evil. Coups target people, the future of democracy. I want this to be expressed by everyone with courage. I am surprised with the West. European Parliament disregards its own values by not calling the military intervention in Egypt a coup. It is a test of sincerity and the West failed the class," said Erdogan.

 

Both Brussels and Washington have so far refrained from describing the removal of Morsi as a coup.
 

But Ankara's key regional allies also appear to be taking a careful approach. Saudi Arabia and Qatar congratulated the newly appointed Egyptian President Adly Mansour.
 

Analysts says there are also significant diplomatic implications for Turkey with the overthrow of the Egyptian president.
 

According to diplomatic columnist Kadri Gursel of the Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Erdogan saw Morsi's strong Islamist roots as a good investment politically, giving both countries a wider influence diplomatically across the region.
 

"The fall out [of Morsi] on Turkey will be psychologically heavy on the government. The so-called great wisdom of establishing a new regional order with Islamist regimes founded after Arab revolts, notably Egypt Tunisia, Libya, and in this case the future Syria, also seen as an actor. So the regional new order, excluding the foreign actors in the region, well, all of this, I think has gone," said Gursel.
 

Prime Minister Erdogan's controversial planned trip to the Islamist controlled Gaza strip may also be in jeopardy. The visit has been repeatedly delayed as a result of concern by Washington, Tel Aviv and the Palestinian Authority.
 

Diplomatic columnist Gursel says with the ousting of President Morsi it virtually rules out any hope for Erdogan's Gaza visit.
 

"Mr. Erdogan will not go to Gaza for an indefinite time frame. Because under these conditions he cannot go to Gaza through Rafa Gate. There will be no welcoming situation for him in Egypt. He cannot go to Egypt run by the military. It is impossible," he said.
 

The loss of a crucial ally in the Middle East is another blow to Erdogan's prestige, which has already been damaged by weeks of civil unrest against his leadership. Observers point out its likely only to add to the growing perception that Ankara is increasingly under siege.

You May Like

French Refugee Drama Wins Cannes Top Prize

Dheepan is about a group of Sri Lankan refugees who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country for a housing project in France More

Photogallery Crisis in Macedonia Requires Meaningful and Swift Measures

The international community has called on Macedonian leadership to take concrete measures in support of democracy in order to exit the crisis More

Activists: IS Executes 217 Civilians, Soldiers Near Palmyra

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday said the victims include nurses, women, children and Syrian government fighters More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmakingi
X
Bernard Shusman
May 24, 2015 2:55 PM
According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
Video

Video Scientists Testing Space Propulsion by Light

Can the sun - the heart of our solar system - power a spacecraft to the edge of our solar system? The answer may come from a just-launched small satellite designed to test the efficiency of solar sail propulsion. Once deployed, its large sail will catch the so-called solar wind and slowly reach what scientists hope to be substantial speed. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
Video

Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
Video

Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.
Video

Video Effort Underway to Limit Damage from California Oil Spill

Cleanup crews are working around the clock to remove oil from the waters off the coastal city of Santa Barbara, in California. About 380,000 liters of oil may have leaked out before a rupture in an onshore, underground pipeline was discovered Tuesday. The environmental disaster hit the popular West Coast resort area before the Memorial Day weekend. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports investigators have yet to determine what caused the incident.

VOA Blogs