About a week after announcing the restoration of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies between Cairo and Ankara, the Turkish authorities gave the Brotherhood 5 months to leave its lands, and put in place strict controls to stop the flow of others from Egypt to it. 60 do not hold identities, residency or nationalities, in Gaziantep prison, stressing that Turkey has decided to deport those who do not have any identity, identification or nationality papers. The campaigns included the areas where the Brotherhood resides, Basaksehir and Shirin Evler, to control and deport the members who reside illegally.
According to the sources, Ankara deported 7 Brotherhood members to neighboring countries, and stopped the process of naturalization and residency.
And the new Turkish Minister of Interior, Ali Yerli Kaya, announced in an interview with the newspaper “Hurriyet” that the security and police services increased inspections regarding illegal immigrants last week in Istanbul in particular and the rest of the Turkish states in general.
Ankara imposed strict restrictions on the movements of elements convicted of death and affiliated with or loyal to the group, such as Nasr al-Din Faraj al-Ghazlani, Majdi Salem, Muhammad Abd al-Maqsoud, Islam al-Ghamri and Mustafa al-Badri, and refused to grant citizenship to the last two. It refused to grant citizenship to Dr. Mohamed Elhamy, who manages the group’s documentation and history center. As she refused before, the Brotherhood preacher convicted to death, Wajdi Ghoneim, granted it.
Egypt and Turkey had announced raising their diplomatic relations to the level of ambassadors. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Egypt nominated Ambassador Amr Al-Hamami as its ambassador to Ankara, while Turkey nominated Ambassador Saleh Mutlu Shen as its ambassador to Cairo, pointing out that this comes to upgrade diplomatic relations between the two countries within the framework of implementing the decision of the presidents of the two countries in this regard. He added that this step aims to establish normal relations between the two countries again, and reflects their joint determination to work towards strengthening their bilateral relations for the benefit of the Egyptian and Turkish peoples.
Relations between the two countries were severed in the aftermath of the overthrow of the isolated Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi and the rule of the Brotherhood in a popular revolution in June 2013.
The number of the Brotherhood in Turkey is estimated at about 5 thousand people, of whom about 2,000 obtained citizenship or residency, and those without residency or identity papers began to be treated as illegal immigrants.