CAIRO, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Egypt condemned the recent remarks made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Monday.
The Turkish remarks against the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Egypt's top Sunni Islamic institution, exceeded all the limits, affecting not only Egypt but also the Muslims all over the world, said the Egyptian statement.
On Sunday, the Turkish Islamist-oriented PM said "the history will curse Al-Azhar Imam as it cursed religious intellectuals in Turkey before," referring to al-Tayyeb's support for what he claimed a "military coup" in Egypt.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry urged all the religious men in Turkey and across the world to face such "encroachments" and stand firmly and decisively to protect Al-Azhar's position, which is the "minaret" of the tolerant and moderate Islam.
For its part, Al-Azhar deemed Erdogan's comments as "slander and impudence against religious scholars."
Asserting that Al-Azhar worked to prevent civil war in the country, Abdel Tawab Qoutb, undersecretary at the Al-Azhar institution, was quoted by Al Watan's independent newspaper as saying "Al-Azhar never supports any coup, but it stands with the Egyptians' will."
Ousting the Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi in early July and the subsequent dispersal of his supporters have triggered harsh rhetoric by some Turkish leaders, particularly Erdogan, who also urged the UN Security Council to convene quickly on Egyptian situation.
On Aug.15, Egypt and Turkey recalled their mutual ambassadors for consultations.