Turkish presidential spokesman says normalisation between Turkey, Egypt to accelerate: Anadolu

Aziz Abouelkhair, Wednesday 4 Jan 2023

Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin asserted that normalisation of ties with Egypt would accelerate, Turkey's state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Wednesday.

Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi shaking hands with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdo
Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi shaking hands with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Doha, Qatar in the presence of Qatar s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad on Sunday before the inauguration ceremony of Qatar 2022 World Cup. Egyptian Presidency


Kalin also indicated that appointing ambassadors in Egypt and Turkey is possible, echoing a two-month old statement by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in which he stated that Ankara might "re-appoint ambassador in Egypt soon” after nine years of frayed relations.

The presidential spokesman hailed the handshake between Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Turkey's President Recep Tayip Erdogan as "an important step in endeavors that lasted over a year and a half".

On 20 November, on the sidelines of the opening game of the 2022 World Cup in Doha in November, Egyptian and Turkish presidents shook hands with the Qatari emir in the background, in a sign of thawing in the relationship between the two countries.

Egypt's Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said at the time that the two presidents stressed the deep historic relations between the two countries, adding that it was agreed that the handshake would be the "beginning of the development of bilateral relations between the two sides".

Moreover, Kalin revealed that further steps might be taken on the presidential front, adding that the negotiations on the ministerial level will be ongoing.

However, the handshake came nearly two weeks after Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stated that Egyptian-Turkish normalisation talks had come to a halt due to disagreements over Turkish practices in Libya.

Cairo and Ankara held two rounds of exploratory talks last year – headed by the Egyptian and Turkish deputy foreign ministers – in a bid to mend their ruptured relations.

The split between the two countries dates back to the 2013 ouster of Egypt’s late Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsy, who was backed by Erdogan, Turkey's then-prime minister.


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