FILE- Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara June 3, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Umit Bektas
CAIRO – 21 September 2019: Turkish Politician Esra Elönü has implicitly revealed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has links with calls for anti-government protests in Egypt.
In a tweet Elönü removed later, she claimed that if Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi decided to enter into negotiations with [Turkey] over gas and oil in the East Mediterranean’s economic zone, the anti-government calls would end.
A screeshnot of Esra Elönü's removed tweet
In May, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry warned Turkey against any attempt to destabilize the security and stability of the Middle East. The Egyptian minister said the ministry has been following up with great concern the recent developments regarding Turkish plans to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus.
"We express grave concern over Turkey's announced intention to carry out drilling activities within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus," EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini has said in a statement.
"In this context, we urgently call on Turkey to show restraint," she added, warning that the EU would "respond appropriately to any illegal action that violated Cyprus's rights".
In June, EU leaders warned Turkey to end its gas drilling in disputed waters or face action from the bloc, after Greece and Cyprus pressed other EU states to speak out.
On August 22, Egypt's former top prosecutor Nabil Sadeq ordered the arrest of 29 people over charges of espionage for Turkey against Egypt national interest, revealed by Egypt's General Intelligence Service (GIS).
The list of charges drawn against the defendants includes: conspiring with Turkey with the aim to harm national interests, joining terrorist organizations, conducting overseas calls without licensing, money laundering, and illegal currency trading.