File photo: Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the president of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, addresses the Egyptian-Turkish Business Forum. (photo [email protected]
The Egyptian -Turkish Business Council is expected to meet Sunday in Cairo for the first time since the ouster of Egypt's ex-president Mohamed Morsi, Ahram Daily website reported.
Sunday's meeting, which will be the Council's fifteenth annual conference, will include 11 representatives from Turkish companies seeking investment opportunities in Egypt, the Egyptian head of the Council Adel Lameay said.
Lameay added that the Turkish companies attending hail from the textile industry, educational services, printing and publishing, transport and logistics, construction, and electricity generation.
The meetings, according to Lameay, aim to boost economic ties between the two countries.
This is the second visit in less than two months by a Turkish business delegation to Egypt.
Relations between Turkey and Egypt grew strained after the ouster of Morsi, a close ally of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP government.
Erdogan has made several statements in support of Egypt's now banned Muslim Brotherhood group, which Cairo condemned as provocative.
Cairo has repeatedly accused Ankara of "interference" in its domestic affairs, and of providing safe haven to leading members of the Brotherhood.
Erdogan's government has remained an outspoken critic of Morsi's ouster and of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s presidency.