Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was criticized on Wednesday by the Muslim Brotherhood for statements that Egypt should try to adopt a secular government, according to media reports.
Prior to his trip to Cairo, Erdogan said Egyptians should “not be wary of secularism," according to Al-Arabiya television. “I hope there will be a secular state in Egypt,” he added.
Mahmoud Ghuzlan, a spokesperson with the Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political party, said that the government in Turkey should not be imposed on Egypt. “Turkey’s conditions imposed on it to deal with the secular concept,” he said, according to the television station.
Another leader with the Brotherhood warned Erdogan not to become too ambitious in trying to make Turkey a regional superpower.
“We welcome Erdogan as a prominent leader but we do not think that he or his country alone should be leading the region or drawing up its future,” Essam al-Erian, deputy leader of the Brotherhood, told the Ahram Daily.While praising Turkey’s transformation under Erdogan’s government, Erian maintained that “Arab states do not need outside projects.”
“This has to come from the new internal systems of the Arab countries, which after the revolutions … will be democratic ones,” he added, according to the newspaper.