What Others Are Saying
Erdogan: Israel Behind Egypt Coup
Fars News Agency, Iran: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Israel was behind the July 3 military coup in Egypt, adding that Ankara has evidence as to Israel’s involvement in President Mohamed Mursi’s overthrow. “Now the West starts to say democracy is not the ballot box or not only the box but we know that the ballot box is the people’s will,” Erdogan said Aug 20 at an expanded meeting of the provincial chairs of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Hurriyet Daily News reported. The prime minister criticized western countries’ stance vis-à-vis Egypt’s coup, saying, “The West should (understand) the description of democracy, they need to learn it.” “This is what has been implemented in Egypt. Who is behind this? Israel. We have evidence,” the prime minister said, citing a meeting between an intellectual and the justice minister in France before the 2011 elections. Erdogan said the intellectual was Jewish. “‘The Muslim Brotherhood will not be in power even if they win the elections. Because democracy is not the ballot box’: This is what he said at that time,” Erdogan said. “Nobody can say the word ‘dictator’ where dictatorship exists. They hang (such people) as they do in Egypt,” Erdogan said. “Those who want to see a dictator must look at Egypt”. Erdogan also criticized Persian Gulf countries that have provided financial aid to Egypt’s military government, asking them whether they had ever given such support to the African Muslim countries. “We know that there are rich people in the Islamic world, but we also know that there are poor people in need of alms. It is those rich of the Islamic world who have supported dictators,” he said.
Arab Times, Kuwait: After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like “prisoners of war” before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob. In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority. The campaign of intimidation appears to be a warning to Christians outside Cairo to stand down from political activism. Christians have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt, where they make up 10 percent of the population of 90 million. Attacks increased after the Islamists rose to power in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that drove Hosni Mubarak from power, emboldening extremists.
Sisi’s power will come at a price, warns Turkish deputy PM
Egypt Independent: Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has said that parties that brought Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power will demand a price for it, imposing their own agenda on Egyptian politics. At a press conference on Monday, Bozdag also said that “bloody” rule is easy whereas democratic governance is difficult, stressing that the people are the source of power in democratic systems. He renewed criticism of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and its secretary general, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, for remaining silent in the face of what he called massacres in Egypt, and urged Ihsanoglu to resign. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly criticised Egypt’s authorities after the overthrow Mohamed Morsy as president, stating after the 3 July ouster that Morsy was still “his president” in Egypt.
Jordanian PM Ensour calls on Egyptian army to ‘remain firm’
The Jordan Times: Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Monday reiterated Jordan’s support for the Egyptian government, and called on the Egyptian army to remain “firm” in the face of “terrorism”. In a telephone call with his Egyptian counterpart Hazem Beblawi, Ensour also offered Jordan’s condolences over the death of 24 policemen, who were killed near the Rafah border in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday morning after gunmen attacked their buses. He emphasised that the Kingdom wishes Egypt to remain stable and survive the critical situation it is going through. Ensour stressed that a strong and stable Egypt is both a Jordanian and a regional interest. He added that any force that undermines Egypt’s security would also bring chaos to the Arab region as a whole. “We want to see Egypt strong so it may remain the heart of the Arab and Islamic nation,” Ensour said at the press conference. “Jordan and the region cannot tolerate anything that might breakdown the country’s institutions and economy, which would eventually affect the lives of millions of Egyptians,” the premier said, stressing that the current crisis in Egypt requires the support of all Arab countries. . . “If the Egyptian army goes, Egypt goes. The army must remain firm and strong,” he added.
Arab states ready to cover any cuts in aid to Egypt: Saudi Arabia
The Daily Star, Lebanon: Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Arab and Islamic countries will step in to help Egypt if Western nations cut aid packages to Cairo over its deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters. “To those who have announced they are cutting their aid to Egypt, or threatening to do that, (we say that) Arab and Muslim nations are rich… and will not hesitate to help Egypt,” Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said in a statement carried by the kingdom’s SPA state news agency. Prince Saud was speaking upon his return from France, where he held talks with President Francois Hollande who has strongly condemned the violence in Egypt. . . Prince Saud accused countries that slammed Egypt’s crackdown of “believing propaganda” and assuming “hostile positions towards the interests and the stability of Arab and Islamic nations.” “Let those states that are taking negative stances know that the blaze and destruction will not be confined to Egypt, but will affect all those who supported trouble,” he said. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries welcomed Egypt’s ouster of Morsi, which infuriated supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s president and sent them to the streets.
Prince Saud: Mursi ouster not coup
Arab News, Saudi Arabia: Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal reiterated Monday Saudi Arabia’s firm support for the interim government in Cairo, saying it came to power after 30 million people rallied against former President Muhammad Mursi. In a statement after his visit to Paris where he met French President Francois Hollande on Sunday, Prince Saud said the anti-Mursi demonstrators had called for early elections as a result of the worsening political, economic and social condition in the country. “This resulted in working out a new road map for Egypt with the support of all political powers in the country,” he said. Prince Saud said the 30-million-strong revolution staged by the Egyptians on July 30 could not be called a military coup, which often takes place in the darkness of night.“The presidency of the country is now held by a civilian as per the constitution,” he pointed out. He decried the street fight and destruction of public properties caused by Mursi supporters in the country, adding that they were terrorizing and killing innocent people. He also pointed out that the Mursi camp had rejected the public will and ignored all efforts at reconciliation by different parties including the sheikh of Al-Azhar. Prince Saud accused the Muslim Brotherhood of using women and children as human shields in its bid to win public sympathy.
Evacuation of Malaysian students in Egypt begins tonight: PM
New Straits Times, Malaysia: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that the decision was made due to the uncertainties in the country. “I have received the report from the National Security Council and I was told that the situation in Egypt is uncertain. So we have decided to bring the students back starting tonight,” he said in a press conference here today. Najib said the students are in the process of being informed on the evacuation and they will be flown back via commercial airlines. “The government has decided on this because the safety of our students are of prime importance and cannot be compromised in case the situation escalates further,” he added. PM said the government already started booking tickets for commercial flights and will not send military aircraft as it will take longer to get landing clearance and will cost more to bring back the students. The government is also mulling whether Malaysia will continue sending students to Egypt in future following the uncertain situation.
Egypt on ‘right path’
The Daily Star, Bangladesh: Egypt is on the “right path”, foreign minister Nabil Fahmy said yesterday in Sudan on his first trip abroad, after hundreds died in clashes between Egyptian Islamists and security forces. “Yes there is a crisis but we are on the right path and I believe in the future,” he said after talks with his Sudanese counterpart Ali Karti.Fahmy said Egypt would push ahead with its “roadmap”, an army-drafted plan providing for elections in 2014. “The coming Egyptian political system will be a democratic, open regime and open to all according to constitutional rules that will be written soon.”
Arab League official praises Saudi stance on Egypt
Asharq Al-Awsat, UK: Leading figures in the Arab League and the Egyptian Salvation Front expressed their appreciation on Monday for the support offered by Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, to Egypt during the ongoing crisis. Deputy Arab League chief Ahmed Ben Hilli told Asharq Al-Awsat that “solidarity with Egypt provided an Arab security umbrella.” The Salvation Front stressed the importance of the Saudi stance on Egypt and its support for the Egyptian state. Ben Hilli also praised moves by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who supported Egyptian diplomacy ahead of the EU meetings in Brussels through his visit to Paris. In a meeting with French president François Hollande on Sunday, the Prince stressed that the Egyptian government should be given a chance to implement its road map and restore stability. . . Saying that Arab support for Egypt will aid joint Arab cooperation, he added that the Arab world “must benefit from, and strengthen, the spirit shown in the Saudi position. . . Arab leaders are called upon to be supportive and aware of this dimension, because it is what guarantees security in the region—and for the Arab nation—at both national and collective levels.”
Don’t victimise minorities
Khaleej Times, UAE: Pandemonium in Egypt is now taking a communal turn. It is very disturbing to learn that nearly 40 churches have been looted and torched since Wednesday. Eyewitnesses say that Muslim Brotherhood supporters went on a rampage to attack government properties and those belonging to the minorities, as the state moved against them to clear their protest camps at Tahrir Square. Later, when pro-Mohammed Mursi supporters took refuge in a local mosque and they were flushed out, they took to arson and allegedly targeted the Christian community. This is unbecoming of any participative political party, and the Brotherhood should desist from such acts. It is also incumbent upon the pro-Islamist party to take stock of the situation and shun elements that are opting for vandalism and violence.
Bomb Wounds Guard at Egyptian Consulate in Benghazi
The Tripoli Post, Libya: One guard has been wounded and four cars parked nearby the Egyptian consulate in Benghazi, Libya as a result of a bomb blast that ripped through the garden wall on Saturday. The blast occurred a few hours after the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan issued a statement that Libya “views what is happening in Egypt in terms of politics as being a purely internal affair that Libya does not intervene in.” Zidan denied that his government supports one party in Egypt or another. Egyptian government has been battling protesting Muslim Brotherhood supporters after the removal of former President Mohamed Morsi from power early July by the army and huge public demonstrations.
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