Egypt Refuses to Consider Gulen’s Organization as a “Terrorist Group”

Egypt has expressed its reservation over a draft resolution in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation(OIC) to consider Fethullah Gulen’s organization as a “terrorist organization”  during the OIC preparation meeting  for its 43 rd session of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

The draft resolution was approved by almost all of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation attendants, except Egypt as it claims that its stance is based on some legal regulations, according to the (OIC)News Agency.

Egypt’s representative in the meeting said,”We are with the majority in the organization toward any draft resolution but we want to negotiate with Cairo on some regulations.”

In the same context, Egypt has also blocked a UN call to respect the democratically elected government in Turkey. A diplomat said that Egypt has previously objected to a statement in the United Nations’ Security Council that called on all parties to “respect the democratically elected government of Turkey.”

Egypt asked wanted to remove the phrase of “respect the democratically elected government of Turkey” from the draft statement, saying the council is “in no position to qualify or label that government – or any other government for that matter – as democratically elected or not,” said the diplomat. But the United States and Britain refused the proposed change to the text.

Fetullah Gulen, who lives in a self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, the United States, is the first defendant in the failed military coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the democratically elected government in Turkey. He has a wide network of schools, charity institutions, and followers in Turkey and other places.

Erdogan accused  Fethullah Gulen and his followers of  forming “a parallel state” and plotting  the military coup attempt on July 15 when rogue elements of the Turkish military tried to overthrow the country’s democratically-elected government, killing at least 246 people and injuring more than 2,100 others.