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How Did Turkey Lose Egypt?

Statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the coup in Egypt have set back Egyptian diplomacy and popularity with the Egyptian street.
Egyptian activists and pro-government protester demonstrate outside the Turkish embassy in Cairo on August 24, 2013, against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan criticised Washington for its response to his claims of Israel's involvement in the Egypt crisis. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED EL SHAHED        (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
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Some Egyptians have found the easy way out. To avoid arguing with contrarian interlocutors whether the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power was a coup, a military intervention or a revolution, they simply say "July 3" and leave it up to you to attribute whatever characteristics you wish to affix to it.

But there are times when the "July 3 formula" will not work — relations with the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Turkey is just such a time, as the Islamist AKP government in Ankara has no compunction when assessing the relations between the two countries in the context of preserving significant mutual interests, and as such, avoid arguing with the new military rule.

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