The Tunisian and Turkish ambassadors to Egypt were summoned to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Tuesday over what Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Naser Kamel deemed interference in his country’s internal affairs, according to the MENA news agency.
Kamel expressed his surprise after some members of the Tunisian government denounced the military’s removal of Mohamed Morsi from the Egyptian presidency last week following mass protests against his party.
Following the suspension of Egypt’s membership to the African Union (AU) last week, Tunisian presidency spokesperson Adnan Manser said Monday that Marzouki has called on the AU to hold an exceptional summit to discuss the situation in Egypt.
Manser said that Marzouki was ready to play the role of mediator among the various Egyptian parties “so that the blood stops flowing.”
Manser added that Marzouki is calling for action through the AU instead of the Arab League because Nabil el-Arabi, the secretary-general of the Arab League, had expressed support for Morsi’s removal from power.
“We had hoped that the Egyptians could settle their differences in order to preserve Egyptian national unity, consolidate the democratic transition process, and prevent the division of the Egyptian street,” Manser said. “It would be better to expand the electoral legitimacy to a consensual legitimacy, which is the only guarantee of the unity of the people, which is why we hope that the Egyptians succeed in the shortest time a political consensus.”
Tunisia Live contacted the Tunisian embassy in Egypt and the Tunisian Foreign Ministry, but both parties declined to comment on the issue.