Turkey closely monitors developments in Egypt - FM
Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday that there were no reports of violence against Turks in Egypt, Anadolu Agency reported.
Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was closely monitoring developments in Egypt, and he had spoken to Turkey's ambassador to Egypt twice in an hour.
"There are no reported violence against our citizens, or there are no reports of our citizens' involvement in violent demonstrations," Davutoglu told reporters in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Davutoglu expressed his sorrow over loss of life and injuries in Friday's incidents in Egypt, and said he was sharing the agonies of Egypt.
"I would like to once more stress that parties should refrain from violence," Davutoglu said.
Davutoglu said Turkey had assumed a principle not to intervene in internal affairs of other countries, and expressed his hope that the Egyptian people would get out of the incidents stronger.
The minister advised Turks who were currently in Egypt to contact the embassy so that the Turkish government would try to bring them back to Turkey.
Also Turkey's Ambassador to Egypt Huseyin Avni Botsali requested Turkish citizens who were living in Egypt to remain calm and keep away from crowded areas and demonstrations.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak imposed a curfew and ordered troops to back police as they struggled to control crowds who flooded the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities to demand Mubarak step down.
At least five died and 870 others were wounded in Cairo on Friday.