Brotherhood spokesman Dr. Mahmoud Ghozlan said in a statement that Erdogan’s comments constituted foreign intervention into Egypt’s internal issues.

He said that it would be impossible to apply Turkey’s political reality to Egypt.

Erdogan said on the television program that “a secular state does not mean that the people are atheists, it means respect for all religions and each individual has the freedom to practice his own religion.”

He added: “99 percent of the population in Turkey are Muslims, there are Christians, Jews and minorities, but the state treats them equally and this is recognized by Islam and has been true throughout Islamic history.”