Turkey’s Erdogan, Egypt’s al-Sisi discuss energy, regional cooperation at G20: Ankara
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in India and discussed cooperation in energy and regional and global issues, Ankara’s directorate of communications reported on Sunday.
“The meeting addressed bilateral relations between Turkey-Egypt, efforts to increase trade volume, new cooperation in the field of energy and regional and global issues,” the Turkish directorate said in a statement.
It added: “Pointing out that relations have entered a new era with the mutual appointments of ambassadors, President Erdogan expressed his belief that bilateral relations will reach the level they deserve as soon as possible.”
In July, after a decade of strained relations, Egypt and Turkey took significant steps toward improving their diplomatic ties by mutually assigning ambassadors to their respective capitals.
Also, the directorate stated: “Emphasizing that the Egyptian administration's support to Turkish investors and companies is essential, President Erdogan underlined that they attach importance to reviving cooperation in the fields of LNG, nuclear energy, culture and education.”
Ties between Egypt and Turkey have been strained since Egypt’s army, led by al-Sisi, ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Mursi, a close ally of Erdogan, in 2013.
Cairo designates the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organization. Erdogan’s AK Party supported Mursi’s short-lived Egyptian government. Many Brotherhood members and their supporters have fled to Turkey since the group's activities were banned in Egypt.
The two countries also clashed over maritime jurisdiction and offshore resources, as well as differences in Libya, where they backed opposing sides in the civil war.
After trading insults and accusations for years, Ankara and Cairo started softening their public rhetoric towards one another in 2021.
Erdogan and al-Sisi agreed on the immediate start of upgrading diplomatic relations and to exchange ambassadors in May.