Egypt’s foreign minister on Thursday condemned as “irresponsible” accusations by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that his ousted Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi had been killed.
In a statement, Sameh Shoukry strongly condemned the “repeated, irresponsible accusations by the Turkish president about Egypt,” following Morsi’s death on Monday after falling ill during a court hearing.
Erdogan had at a rally in Istanbul on Wednesday alleged that Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president did not die naturally.
“Unfortunately, Mohamed Morsi was on the ground of the courtroom flailing for 20 minutes. No official there intervened. Morsi did not [die] naturally, he was killed,” the Turkish president said.
Morsi, who was serving out a reduced 20-year sentence, was speaking in a court appearance on Tuesday before he fainted and was subsequently pronounced dead in a Cairo hospital.
Erdogan, who was close to Morsi during his lifetime, claimed the Muslim Brotherhood member, was killed by Egyptian authorities and has sworn to see them prosecuted in an international court.