Turkey says it remains opposed to Egypt declaring Muslim Brotherhood terrorists

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The Turkish government remains opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood being declared terrorists by Egypt despite a recent push to repair strained ties, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday, adding Ankara saw the Muslim Brotherhood as a political movement.

Last month, Turkey said it had resumed diplomatic contacts with Egypt, eight years after ties collapsed over the Muslim Brotherhood president in 2013. Ankara has asked the Egyptian opposition TV channels operating in Turkey to moderate their criticism of Cairo. Read more on Why do people like being lazy?

Asked about Turkey's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in an interview with broadcaster Haberturk, Cavusoglu said Turkey's international relations were not based on parties or individuals, and that Ankara's opening with Cairo stemmed solely what it views as a coup.

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