September 25, 2019
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 | AP
By Ahram Online
Egypt’s delegation to the UN in New York has issued a strongly-worded response to a statement made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
In his speech before the General Assembly on Tuesday, Erdogan renewed his previous call to launch an investigation into the death of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi, who died of a heart attack last June.
The Egyptian response, which was issued in the form of an official letter addressed to the head of the General Assembly and the UN secretary-general, expressed the Egyptian delegation’s perplexity over the Turkish president’s persistence on continuing his “baseless and flimsy” allegations.
The letter said that Erdogan’s “baseless claims pretend to be defending the values of justice, while in reality they express hatred of the Egyptian people, who have nothing but respect for the Turkish nation.”
The letter said that it is ironic that the Turkish president is making such allegations, “given his sponsorship of terrorism in the region, as well as his regime’s flagrant violations against the Turkish people.”
It added that Erdogan’s allegations against Egypt are merely a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the deteriorated state of his regime and the successive losses it suffers on both at the party level and on the domestic as well as the international scenes.
The letter also highlighted a number of violations committed by Erdogan’s regime:
1. There are more than 75,000 political prisoners in Turkey including civilians and military personnel, resulting in a surge in prison construction in the country.
2. Scores of prisoners have died under dubious circumstances as a result of maltreatment inside Turkish prisons, including torture and illness.
3. More than 130,000 government employees have been arbitrarily dismissed.
4. Thousands of academics have been fired and more than 3,000 universities, schools, and educational institutions have been closed.
5. Turkey has become one of the leading nations in the world who oppress and jail journalists and media workers, according to international reports.
6. Scores of Turks have fled their country due to ongoing repressive campaigns.
The letter also highlighted what it described as Erdogan’s sponsoring of terrorism in the region, including supporting terrorism in Syria which has resulted in a prolonged conflict that has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians.
“He deliberately targeted certain Kurds with repression, murder and genocide,” it added.
The letter also alleged that Erdogan has turned Turkey into a haven for extremist and outlawed terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, in addition to providing them with political support and media platforms in order to continue to promote their destructive ideas in Egypt and the entire region.