Egypt scraps navy drill with Turkey to protest 'interference'
CAIRO (AFP) - Cairo has cancelled naval exercises with Turkey scheduled to take place in October to protest Ankara's "clear interference" in Egypt's domestic affairs, the foreign ministry said on Friday.
The measures were in "protest at the unacceptable Turkish statements and actions which represent a clear interference in Egypt's domestic affairs and stand against the will of the Egyptian people," the minstry said in a statement.
Turkey had earlier denied that it was meddling in Egypt's internal affairs after the two countries pulled out their respective ambassadors in a further deterioration of ties following the bloodbath in Cairo.
In tit-for-tat moves on Thursday, Ankara and Cairo said they were recalling their envoys after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned what he called the "massacre" of peaceful protesters.