Egypt said Turkish cleric Gulen didn’t request for political asylum

Egypt said Turkish cleric Gulen didn’t request for political asylumEgypt didn’t receive any request for political asylum by Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of masterminding a failed coup attempt on 15 July, Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said.

"Egypt has not received any requests by Turkish opposition figure Fethullah Gulen to obtain the right for political asylum in Egypt," he commented.

He added in remarks carried by state news agency MENA Wednesday that no information about the matter has been made available until now.

Ismail said that if Gulen submitted any such request, Egyptian authorities would study it.

Earlier this week, an Egyptian MP demanded that the Egyptian government grant asylum to the Turkish opposition leader in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told broadcaster Haberturk TV on Thursday that Gulen could flee the United States to Australia, Mexico, Canada, South Africa or Egypt.

Turkey says Gulen is the mastermind behind the failed July 15-16 putsch that attempted to overthrow the government. Gulen denies the charges.

Relations between Turkey and Egypt have been strained since the 2013 ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a close ally of Erdogan's AKP (Justice and Development Party) government. Erdogan has repeatedly slammed Morsi's removal as an "unacceptable coup."
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