Turkey summons Egyptian envoy over detained reporters in Cairo

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-15 23:52:13|Editor: yan
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ANKARA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the Egyptian charge d'affairs in Ankara after four staff members, including a Turkish citizen, of Turkey's semi-official Anadolu Agency were detained in Cairo, Turkish diplomatic sources told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a written statement, the ministry strongly condemned the Egyptian police's raid on the agency's Cairo office while urging the immediate release of the employees.

"The raid on the Anadolu Agency's Cairo office last night by the Egyptian security forces and the detention of some of the office workers without justification is an act of harassment and intimidation against the Turkish press," the ministry statement said.

The ministry also accused the Western countries of "having a role in this reckless attitude by overlooking the condemnation of the violations" in Egypt.

The Anadolu Agency reported that the Egyptian police officers stormed their office on Tuesday evening, cutting off security cameras and the internet connection, before searching the office early Wednesday.

The head of the office's finance and administrative affairs and three Egyptian workers were detained in the raid.