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ANKARA — Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, alarmed by the military coup in Egypt, was said to fear a similar scenario in Turkey.
Diplomatic sources said Erdogan was the only NATO or Middle East leader to have openly sided with the Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt’s military. They said the prime minister sent a series of harsh messages to Egypt’s military to restore ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
“For the last year, Erdogan bragged that Egypt was following his Islamic model only to see how the military destroyed everything,” a diplomat said. “He fears that the Turkish military will do the same in the name of stabilizing the country.”
Since the July 3 coup against Morsi, Erdogan has been waging a war of words with the European Union for failing to condemn the ouster of Egypt’s first Islamist president. On July 10, Erdogan explained his concern over a military coup and the repercussions for Turkey.
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