A file photo of Egypt's foreign ministry in Cairo (Photo:Al-Ahram Arabic website)
Commenting on the statements issued by various Turkish officials in the past few hours concerning the resumption of diplomatic contact between Turkey and Egypt, an Egyptian official source clarified to MENA official news agency that there was nothing currently indicating the “resumption of diplomatic contact between the two countries”.
The source added in their statement that the Egyptian and Turkish diplomatic missions are currently present and active in both countries at the charge d'affaires level who communicate with the state in accordance to established diplomatic norms.
The official source asserted to the state-run agency, that upgrading the relationship between the two countries required taking into account the legal and diplomatic frameworks that govern relations between countries on the basis of respecting the principle of sovereignty and the requirements of Arab national security.
The source added that Egypt expects any country that aspires to establish normal relations with it, to abide by the rules of international law and the principles of good neighbourliness as well as, to stop attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the countries of the region.
At the same time, the source stressed the importance of the strong bonds and ties between the Egyptian and Turkish people.
The statement of the official source to MENA, who chose to stay anonymous, comes hours after the statement of the Turkish Foreign Minister Muvlut Cavusoglus to Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency that said Turkey had restarted diplomatic contracts with Egypt at the “intelligence and foreign ministry” with no pre-conditions for the talks.
Egypt has had a strained relation with Turkey since the 2013 ouster of Morsi, who was a close ally of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s government, Egypt then decided to recall its ambassador to Turkey in that same year.