Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu urged Saturday that there may be crisis between countries, but the countries must always respond those crisis in accordance with diplomatic gestures. "The news on Reuters while our ambassador was in the Foreign Ministry did not accord with diplomatic customs," Davutoglu stated by referring to Egypt's declaring Turkish ambassador in Cairo as 'persona non-grata'. "We know both to handle the crisis and to reinforce our friendship after the crisis," Davutoglu said. Regarding the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, Davutoglu remarked that Turkey would not hesitate to make any contribution if demanded. "We hope there will be no return from this point, because this is a psychological crisis," Davutoglu indicated on his expectations for Geneva talks. Egypt downgrades diplomatic relations with Turkey, declares Turkish ambassador 'persona non grata' Egypt on Saturday downgraded diplomatic relations with Turkey and declared the Turkish ambassador a "persona non-grata".
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that the Egyptian ambassador will also be recalled from Ankara.
The ministry attributed the decisions to statements made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the internal Egyptian affairs and his criticism of Egyptian authorities.
"These statements reflect an unacceptable insistence on defying the will of the Egyptian people and their legitimate choices and are considered interference in the country's internal affairs," the ministry said.
The Foreign Ministry, however, reiterated respect to the Turkish people, blaming the Turkish government for the deterioration of relations between the two countries.