Turkey is trying to normalize relations with Egypt


Erdogan said yesterday that he spoke for a long time with the Egyptian president during their meeting in Qatar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today that a process of building relations with Egypt will begin with the meeting of ministers of the two countries and that talks will develop from there.

After years of tension between the two countries, Erdogan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi shook hands at the start of the World Cup in Qatar last week, which was interpreted as a statement by the Egyptian presidency for a new beginning in Turkish-Egyptian relations.

In a television show filmed in the province of Iconium yesterday Saturday, Erdogan emphasized that conversed with al-Sisi for about half an hour to 45 minutes in their meeting in Qatar.

“We had narrowly focused conversations with Sisi there and we said let’s now have ministers to talk (…). After that, let’s expand these talks,” the Turkish president stressed, also signaling the possibility of improving relations with Ankara’s rival Syria.

“Just as this work is now well under way with Egypt, things may be going well with Syria,” he said.

Ankara’s ties with Cairo have remained strained since Sisi, then Egypt’s army chief, led the 2013 ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, who was strongly backed by Erdogan.

The two countries started consultations among top foreign ministry officials last year amid an effort by Turkey to ease tensions with Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Saudi Arabia.


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