Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Sunday Turkey doesn’t make friends with those who sentenced democratically-elected president to death, referring Egypt’s court decision for former President Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown with a military coup in July 2013.
Davutoğlu responded to Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), who recently asked, “why Turkey doesn’t have had no ambassadors in Syria, Egypt and Israel.”
"We never make friends with those who sentence a democratically-elected president to death," said Davutoğlu, calling the Egyptian decision-makers as “modern [day] pharaohs.”
Davutoğlu’s remarks came during an election rally of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Istanbul.
An Egyptian court ordered death penalty for Morsi and 130 codefendants on Saturday and the decision has been sent to the “Grand Mufti”, Egypt’s top religious authority, for approval.
Morsi and 130 other Muslim Brotherhood members were accused of taking part in a mass jailbreak during Egypt’s 2011 revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak who ruled Egypt for 30 years.
"Morsi and his friends will always be remembered in the next decades, but those who imposed the death penalty on him will be thrown into the trash bin of history," said Davutoğlu.
Davutoğlu reiterated his previous statement that “Egypt has been repeating a nonrecoverable mistake that Turkey itself witnessed 55 years ago, when coup deposed and executed a democratically elected leader.”
He promised hundreds of thousands of people, gathered in Istanbul for the election rally, that Turkey would never let its president or prime minister to face such incidents again, referring to Turkey’s 1960 coup that resulted in the execution of the then Turkish premier Adnan Menderes.
Menderes and two ministers were first jailed and then made to stand trial before being executed, following the coup.
Senior Turkish officials also slammed the Egyptian court's decision to impose death penalty on Morsi.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, Turkish Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu, and Turkish Youth Minister Cagatay Kilic slammed the decision, which they described as “a disaster and black spot for Egypt's future.
Turkey’s relations with Egypt have soured after the ouster of Morsi and Turkey downgraded its relations to the level of charge d'affaires and recalled its ambassador from Cairo.
Turkey stands as one of the few countries in the world which describe the 2013 events by the Egyptian army forces, led by then the chief of stuff now President Abdel-Fattah al Sisi, as a military coup.