Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a good friend of the Egyptian government – when he visited post-revolution Cairo in late 2011, he received a hero’s welcome.
Now, Egypt is closely watching the protests in Turkey.
“We're watching it, but without alarm,” Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. “Turkey, I think, has a solid democracy. And this is an internal affair. I know surely they can handle it within the boundaries and the rules and the role of democracy.”
Even though Turkey has a longer tradition of democracy than Egypt, the anger in cities like Istanbul and Anakra does mirror some of the secular and religious divide in Egypt that has played out over the past months.
“This is a very legitimate request,” Kandil said. "But the legitimate process to achieve one party's view, one's group's view, is to wait for election time and make sure that you get the proper vote so you can properly represent in the government.”
Kandil believes there will be a call for election in Egypt in the next three or four months.
“But it doesn't work that one group gets the microphone and says 'we want to be there;' another group gets another microphone and they want to be in the driving seat.”
In the video above you see Christiane Amanpour’s full interview with Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil.