Egypt expels Turkish ambassador

Egypt has told the Turkish ambassador to leave the country, a day after the Turkish leader called for ousted Morsi to be freed, according to BBC.

Relations with Ankara would be lowered to charge d'affaires, officials said.

Egypt's foreign ministry accused Erdogan of provocation and interfering in Egypt's internal affairs.

Egyptian activists and pro-government protesters demonstrate outside the Turkish embassy in Cairo (August 2013) Egyptians have held protests outside the Turkish embassy in Cairo

Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty accused Erdogan of "interfering in Egypt's internal affairs".

A bitter row over the August crackdown led both countries to recall their ambassadors.

Turkey's ambassador to Cairo returned in September, but the Egyptian ambassador to Turkey was never reinstalled

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