Turkey’s top diplomat said Saturday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would meet to mark the end of a decade of estrangement between the two countries.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking alongside his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry during a visit to Cairo, said Ankara wanted “to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries at the highest level.”
Cavusoglu's visit follows a trip last month by Shoukry to Turkey in a show of solidarity after the devastating earthquake that claimed tens of thousands of lives in Turkey and neighboring Syria.
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“It is possible that we will disagree in the future, but we will do everything to avoid breaking our relations again,” Cavusoglu said.
Relations ran into trouble after the 2013 ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, an ally of Turkey.
At the time, Erdogan said he would “never” speak to “anyone” like Sisi.
But in November, Sisi and Erdogan shook hands in Qatar, in what the Egyptian presidency heralded as a new beginning in their ties, and the two leaders then spoke by telephone after the February 6 earthquake.
Cavusoglu on Saturday said the meeting between Erdogan and Sisi would take place “after the Turkish elections,” including the presidential vote slated for May 14.
While diplomatic exchanges were once frosty, business never stopped: in 2022, Turkey was the largest importer of Egyptian products totaling $4 billion.
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