Turkey's Erdogan says Egypt should free Mursi before it can restore ties

April 9, 2015 10:05 AM

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Turkey's Erdogan says Egypt should free Mursi before it can restore ties

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Egypt should free ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from jail and lift death sentences against his supporters before Ankara could consider an improvement in relations with Cairo.

Ties between the two former allies have been strained since then Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled elected President Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

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