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Egypt – Turkey: Collapse of diplomatic relations without return due to Libya – What Cairo says

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Cairo and Ankara held two rounds of exploratory talks last year – led by the deputy foreign ministers of Egypt and Turkey – in a bid to restore “normalcy” to their crumbling relationship.

The “glass” of diplomatic relations between Cairo and Ankara it is permanently broken, and despite the efforts of both sides it does not seem possible to “reattach”, because of the Libyan issue, with SKAI’s correspondent in Istanbul, Manolis Kostides, quoting relevant statements by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Soukry.

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Cairo and Ankara held two rounds of exploratory talks last year – led by the deputy foreign ministers of Egypt and Turkey – in a bid to restore “normalcy” to their sour relationship.

The end of diplomatic relations between the two countries dates back to the 2013 ouster of the late president of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Morsi, who was strongly supported by Tayyip Erdogan.

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The crisis in Libya, which borders Egypt, has further strained relations between the two major Muslim countries, as Turkey has brought thousands of Syrian mercenaries into Libya’s fratricidal conflict, and continues its support for the outgoing Government of National Unity (GNU ), led by Abdel Hamid Dbeiba.

The situation worsened in early October after the Government of Tripoli (GNU) signed a series of agreements with Turkey, among others, for the exploration of hydrocarbons in Libyan waters, which are not recognized by Greece and Egypt.

Egypt has declared that the GNU’s mandate has expired, and so has the Tripoli government is not authorized to sign such agreements.

Dialogue between Egypt and Turkey on normalizing relations has stalled as Turkish practices in conflict-torn Libya remain unchanged, Egypt’s foreign minister said.

“The two exploratory meetings provided an opportunity to express our concerns about regional situations. This road has not reopened as there are no changes regarding Turkey’s practices in Libya,” Shoukry said on Saturday in an interview with the Saudi Al-Arabia television channel.

Shoukry clarified that this situation violates the UN-brokered Skirat Agreement – which stipulates the power and duration of the interim government of Libya – adding that “the international community for one reason or another is not raising its voice to clarify this issue”. “There is another government that cannot take its responsibilities,” noted Egypt’s top diplomat.

It is noted that the Fathi Basaga appointed prime minister by the Libyan parliament in February 2022. However, Dbeiba’s administration – installed in February 2021 as part of a UN-led peace process – has so far prevented Fathi Basaga from taking office, arguing that the next government should be a product of elections.

This issue, Shoukry said, further complicates the situation in Libya, and makes it more difficult to reach a common agreement between Libyan parties in order to hold elections.

“If we want an international system based on rules, these rules should are respected without duplicity”he said, adding that “these rules should be applied in any region, any conflict or any political situation, and not avoided or ignored, which is what we feel in Libya.”

Shoukry expressed his regret that the international community did not take “strict measures” to ensure the exit of foreign forces from Libya.

Efforts to reach an agreement between the rival camps to hold national elections have so far been deadlocked.

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