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Egypt declares Turkish ambassador persona non grata

The break in Egypt-Turkey ties is another sign of the failed policies of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood wave Egyptian flags during a rally in protest against the recent violence in Egypt, outside of the Eminonu New mosque in Istanbul August 17, 2013. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX12P9I

Which side is the winner of the growing diplomatic row between Egypt and Turkey? While bilateral relations become worse, the perception among international observers is the same: It is yet another severe blow to the image of Turkey in Egypt, and its regional policy based on “zero problems.”

OnSaturday, Nov. 23, Egypt rather unexpectedly declared the ambassador of Turkey, Huseyin Avni Botsali, persona non grata and asked him to leave immediately. Ankara reciprocated swiftly by summoning the Egyptian charge d’affaires, and declaring the ambassador (who had already left the country) “undesirable.”

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