Turkey Says it Warned Muslim Brotherhood Against Making Anti-Egypt Statements

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks in Brussels, Belgium, January 21, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks in Brussels, Belgium, January 21, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS
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Turkey Says it Warned Muslim Brotherhood Against Making Anti-Egypt Statements

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks in Brussels, Belgium, January 21, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks in Brussels, Belgium, January 21, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country has warned against making anti-Egypt statements, in the first official statement on measures taken by Ankara regarding Muslim Brotherhood leaders and institutions following the start of a process to normalize relations with Cairo.

Cavusoglu acknowledged publicly for the first time that his country had issued decisive warnings to some critics to the Egyptian authorities, especially those who have made radical speeches and statements against Cairo.

“I see some comments here and there on this subject, and rumors claiming that Turkey was selling the Egyptian opposition… There are some opponents to whom we addressed the necessary warnings, especially those who exaggerate the extremist rhetoric against Egypt,” the Turkish foreign minister said in a television interview on Tuesday evening regarding restrictions imposed on the Brotherhood’s TV channels that broadcast from Istanbul.

Ankara last month asked Egyptian opposition TV channels operating in Turkey to restrain their criticism of Egypt.

However, Cavusoglu said his country remained opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood being declared “terrorists” by Egypt, stressing that Turkey viewed it as a political movement.

The minister revealed ongoing steps to normalize relations with Egypt, saying a meeting would be held at the level of the foreign ministers’ deputies in the first week of May in Cairo, following which he will meet with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, to discuss the appointment of ambassadors and means to further upgrade ties in the future.

Asked about the change in Turkey’s foreign policy, the minister said: “The world is changing at a rapid pace, so is foreign policy.... We must be entrepreneurs, and we must find solutions to disputes. Turkey should be the mediator. Our mediation successes are due to an honest and balanced approach.”



US Military Pier Operations in Gaza Suspended after Piece Breaks Off

US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
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US Military Pier Operations in Gaza Suspended after Piece Breaks Off

US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)

A part of the US military's pier off Gaza has broken off, rendering it temporarily inoperable, two US officials said, in the latest blow to efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

The US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said bad weather was believed to be the reason that the part had broken off. They did not say how big the part was or speculate on how long it would take for the pier to resume operations.

The pier was announced by US President Joe Biden in March and involved the military assembling the floating structure off the coast. Estimated to cost $320 million for the first 90 days and involve about 1,000 US service members, it went into operation two weeks ago.

Since the pier began operations, the United Nations has transported 137 trucks of aid from the pier - the equivalent of 900 metric tons - said a UN World Food Program (WFP) spokesperson.