Turkey’s President Wants EU Sanctions On Egypt After Morsi Verdict
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on the international community and the European Union to impose sanctions on Egypt after the death penalty given to former President Mohamed Morsi, blasting them for remaining silent toward Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
“Hey, Europe! Hey, West! Wasn’t the death penalty prohibited there? So why are you silent? Why do you side with Sisi? I call on the entire world, international institutions: Why don’t you impose sanctions?” Erdoğan said on May 17 during a public rally in the Central Anatolian town of Kayseri.
“You were attacking us during the Gezi protests with all your media, because the real issue was something different: To weaken Turkey. But they failed. They thought we would collapse economically. But they were defeated,” he added.
“What has been done against Morsi and his friends is not acceptable. The world is in self-denial by keeping silent. If you say ‘democracy, election,’ you should see that this verdict is a sentence given to elections, to democracy, and to the national will,” Erdoğan said.
Like Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and other top government officials strongly condemned the death penalties meted out to Morsi and 105 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.