Leaked records of Hassan Dogan, head of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office, revealed that Turkey had gambled on chaos in Egypt after the dismissal of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi following a popular revolution on July 3rd, 2013.
The website “Nordic Monitor”, which deals with terrorism and extremism issues, has published records indicating that Dogan expected the Muslim Brotherhood to return significantly to Egypt after 3 or 5 years after Morsi’s removal.
According to the leaked clip, Dogan said to Osama Qutb, the Muslim Brotherhood thinker’s nephew, Sayyid Qutb, “I expect that the process of” isolating Morsi “will lead to a big explosion and chaos and a bigger and more dynamic change in Egypt within three to five years, God willing.”
The clip showed the extent of pain and confusion among the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey and their ally, the Turkish regime, after the overthrow of the Morsi regime through a popular revolution, which was protected by the military.
In an attempt to reassure the Brotherhood leader, Dogan said at the time that the Muslim Brotherhood would come back strongly in Egypt, comparing the overthrow of Islamists in Egypt and Islamists in Turkey in the late 1990s.
Dogan also described Morsi as a symbol of the Brotherhood with the late Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who resigned from the coalition government in 1997 under pressure from the army.In his talk about the experiences of the Turkish Islamic movement, Dogan also referred to the isolation of Erdogan himself after his conviction when he was mayor of Istanbul for the Islamic Welfare Party and then imprisoned for 4 months.
In his quest to assure the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood fleeing Egypt, Dogan said, according to the leaked records, that expelling the Islamists from the Turkish coalition government in the nineties was a blessing for them, as it enabled them to know the state closely and not to make mistakes, especially since they were not ready to run the state at the time. Dogan blamed the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood for not preparing enough and not controlling the judiciary, the army and other government institutions.
“The poor man had no army, no police, no governor, no municipality, no judiciary and no one,” Dogan said, referring to Mohamed Morsi. Turkey has been implicated in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which is classified in Egypt and in a number of Arab countries as a terrorist organization, while Erdogan has repeatedly called for the release of Mohamed Morsi, who died during his trial due to illness.Turkish-Egyptian relations are still tense with the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in 2013.
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