Turkey says Egyptian security forces raid news agency in Cairo

EL CAIRO / ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey summoned a senior Egyptian diplomat on Wednesday to protest what he said was a raid by Egyptian security forces in the Cairo office of the Turkish state news agency in which four people were arrested.

Anadolu news agency said the four employees, including a Turkish citizen, were transferred to an undisclosed location after the raid.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the measure, which it described as “an act of violence” against Anadolu. He later said he also summoned the Egyptian business burden on the matter.

“This act of violence against Anadolu not only shows the hostile stance of the Egyptian leadership towards press freedom, but also shows once again its serious conditions of democracy and transparency,” the ministry said.

He asked the Egyptian authorities to immediately release the detained Anadolu staff.

Ankara’s ties to Cairo have been poor since the Egyptian army overthrew the president of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Mursi, an ally of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in 2013. The two countries have also disagreed over maritime jurisdiction and the offshore resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior of Egypt was not immediately available for comment.

Turkey’s Director of Communications, Fahrettin Altun, described the raid as a “hostile attempt against Anadolu employees by the coup leadership of Egypt,” adding that Ankara asked the international community to condemn the measure.

Reports by Omar Fahmy and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dominic Evans

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