Turkish News agency Anadolu Agency reporter arrived in Istanbul after detention in Egypt

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

AA journalist Hilmi Balci, who was detained during the police raid in Cairo Egypt, arrives to Turkey.
AA journalist Hilmi Balci, who was detained during the police raid in Cairo Egypt, arrives to Turkey. (Ahmet Bolat / AA)

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

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.

Source: AA
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