Turkey, Anadolu Agency staff detained by Egyptian police

Anadolu Agency staffer back in Turkey after detention in Egypt

Anadolu Agency's Hilmi Balci returns to Turkey following release from detention by Egyptian police in Cairo office raid

Izzet Taskiran   | 17.01.2020
Anadolu Agency staffer back in Turkey after detention in Egypt

ISTANBUL 

One of Anadolu Agency's four employees detained in Egypt earlier this week has arrived back in Turkey, the agency's director said Friday.

Hilmi Balci said he felt the support of his nation and government while being held in Egypt, expressing his gratitude to the country's president, foreign minister and communications director, as well as Anadolu Agency's Director General Senol Kazanci, for their efforts.

"This has come to the best possible result in a short time and I have returned to my motherland," Balci said.

On Tuesday evening, Egyptian police raided the Cairo office of Anadolu Agency and detained four employees, including Balci.

The whereabouts of the remaining three remain unknown.

Turkey and the international community condemned the raid and called for the immediate release of the employees.

Kazanci said he expects the agency's remaining employees will be released soon.

Turkey’s political relations with Egypt have remained rocky since 2013, when Mohamed Morsi -- Egypt's first freely elected president and a Muslim Brotherhood leader -- was ousted in a bloody military coup.

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