Turkish president urges restraint in Egyptian crisis
CAIRO (REUTERS) - Turkish President Abdullah Gul appealed to Egypt's army-installed government on Friday to return the country swiftly to democratic rule and allow all parties to take part in the political process.
In an article published in the Financial Times, Mr Gul urged the Egyptian authorities to release the detained former president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the army last month, but stopped short of calling for his return to office.
The Turkish head of state, a member of the moderate Islamist AK party, also called on all sides to act with restraint and avoid violence.
"The Egyptian people have almost been split into two camps, each of which is rallying dangerously against the other. This situation is worrying and unsustainable," he wrote.