Turkey to supply drones to Egypt: Turkish foreign minister

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Feb 2024

Turkey has agreed to provide combat drones to Egypt, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan said on Sunday, as both countries move forward normalizing ties after a decade of rapture.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan AFP
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan. AFP


"Normalization in our relations is important for Egypt to have certain technologies. We have an agreement to provide (Egypt) unmanned air vehicles and other technologies," Fidan said in an interview with private television A Haber, Reuters and AFP reported.

This announcement comes nearly days before Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s first visit to Egypt since 2012.

According to the Turkish news agency Anka, Erdogan is set to travel to Egypt on 14 February to meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Fidan said Erdogan would discuss with his Egyptian counterpart "bilateral and regional issues including trade, energy and security."

Erdogan’s visit will be the first since Ankara and Cairo upgraded relations, reinstating ambassadors last summer.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries strained after the 2013 ouster of Egypt’s late Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsy.

In November 2022, El-Sisi and Erdoğan briefly met on the sidelines of the World Cup in Qatar and agreed to strengthen relations while affirming their deep historical relations.

In July 2023, Egypt and Turkey announced upgrading their diplomatic relations to the ambassadorial level.

In September, both leaders met in New Delhi - sidelines of the 18th G20 Summit- in their first extended meeting after the two countries resumed diplomatic relations.

“We must have serious relations with Egypt for security in the Mediterranean,” insisted the Turkish minister during the interview.

Fidan landed in Egypt in October, holding meetings with El-Sisi and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

During his visit, Turkey's top diplomat voiced his country’s rejection of any forced displacement of the Palestinian people from Gaza to Egypt.


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