Egyptian President: We need Turkey in post-revolution Arab world
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, one of several foreign dignitaries attending the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) congress in Ankara on Sunday, said Turkey's involvement in developments in Egypt and other regional countries was essential to economic and social rehabilitation following the Arab Spring revolutions in those countries.
"We need your (Turkey's) help in terms of managing the process after the Arab Spring in the region," the president said in his address to the congress, Todays Zaman reported.
Touching upon the crisis in Syria, Morsi maintained that Egypt "will stand together with its Syrian brothers until the brutal [Syrian] regime leaves them alone."
He also said that talks within the scope of an Egypt-led initiative -- dubbed the Middle East Quartet, bringing Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt together -- to seek a solution to the 18-month Syrian crisis will continue.
Morsi also praised Turkey's democratic achievements under the AK Party government as a source of inspiration for the Middle East.
The Egyptian president expressed the sympathy of the Egyptian people with Turkey, mentioning Egypt's own democratic revolution leading to the ouster of the decades-old Hosni Mubarak dictatorship last February.
Morsi is the first democratically elected president of Egypt.
The host of world leaders attending the fourth AK Party congress on Sunday -- including Egyptian President Morsi, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Massoud Barzani -- elicited media interest.