Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris (Naguib Sawiris) this week in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) issued a severely worded criticism, accusing the leader of The Middle East caused “very great chaos”.
He told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Tuesday, “We have Mr. Erdogan’s new ambition to become the new Ottoman emperor in the region.” He was referring to the rule that had been in the early 20th century. The former empires in the Middle East and most of Europe. “He went all out in Syria, Libya, Iraq and now Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.”
Erdogan criticized Egypt’s support for Libya’s opposition to Tripoli’s government this summer, and the Tripoli government was supported by Turkey in the ongoing civil war in Turkey.
When seeking comment, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has handed over CNBC to the nearest Turkish embassy. Turkish Ambassador to Singapore Murat Lütem said in response to Saviris’ criticism: “Turkey’s foreign policy aims to maintain and build peace and stability, and to protect our national interests in accordance with international law. Erdogan The President therefore leads our country and claims that the contrary is groundless.”
Saveris said that Erdogan “in addition to exploring in the Mediterranean and trying to steal oil and gas from Greece, it also caused chaos in the region.”
Turkey and Greece are in a state of dispute over the energy reserves of the eastern Mediterranean waters. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in August that it will not back down to defend its “rights” in the region.
Sawiris, chairman and CEO of Orascom Investment Holding, added that the United States has “virtually disappeared” from the region, while Russia, Turkey and Iran are more involved in local conflicts. He said: “This is bad for the Middle East.”
Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, the United States reduced the number of troops in the region but facilitated important transactions such as the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Saveris said that he believes the Trump administration is “completely biased” towards Israel.
These comments are in response to a question of what President-elect Biden means to Turkey.
He said: “I’m actually more optimistic because you can say to Biden… But what is certain is that he is more experienced in world affairs than Donald Trump,” he added, Biden “Very clear about my ins and outs. The Middle East.”