Turkey’s leading diplomat sees Cairo in effort to repair ties

CAIRO– Turkey’s primary diplomat remained in Cairo on Saturday for talks with Egyptian authorities as the local powers look for to fix their torn ties after years of stress.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, gotten here in the Egyptian capital early Saturday. He was the greatest ranking Turkish authorities to check out the Arab World’s most populated country in over a years.

Egypt and Turkey have actually been at loggerheads because the Egyptian armed force’s 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the middle of mass demonstration versus his dissentious one year of guideline. Morsi came from the Muslim Brotherhood group, supported by Turkey. Egypt has actually designated the group a terrorist company.

Cavusoglu consulted with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry for talks on “different elements” of bilateral relations, stated Ahmed Abu Zaid, a representative for the Egyptian foreign ministry.

Shoukry stated the 2 sides have actually discovered commonalities to relaunch political and financial relations to reach “conclusions in the interests of the 2 nations.”

” The talks were thorough, transparent, and forthright,” he informed a telecasted joint press conference. “We definitely look forward. We take a look at whatever that can benefit the 2 nations.”

Cavusoglu discussed offseting time lost considering that ambassador-level relations ended in late 2013.

” There is a big level of untapped possible however sadly we have actually lost those 9 years and in order to close this nine-year space we need to work even harder,” he stated.

The Turkish minister included that ties had actually been deteriorated “due to the absence of discussion and misconceptions.”

Referring to the visit of ambassadors, Cavusoglu stated he was specific diplomatic links would go back to “the greatest level possible.” He likewise recommended the possibility of a main conference in between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt after Turkey’s May elections.

Turkey has actually deserted its vital method towards the Egyptian leader, who as defense minister led the armed force’s topple of Morsi in2013 Erdogan and el-Sissi were photographed shaking hands in November throughout the World Cup in Qatar, as part of collective efforts to heal ties.

The 2 nations have actually clashed in other locations, consisting of Libya, where they back opposing sides. Such conflicts almost resulted in a direct clash in between the 2 U.S. allies in 2020 at the height of an attack on the Libyan capital by east-based leader Khalifa Hifter, who is backed by Egypt.

Egypt, Greece and some other European nations were likewise outraged by a 2019 offer in between Turkey and among Libya’s competing federal governments that looked for to improve Turkish maritime rights and impact in the eastern Mediterranean. Egypt and Greece reacted by signing a different offer to mark their maritime borders, an offer which Ankara turned down.

Saturday’s top-level check out was the very first to Cairo by a Turkish chief diplomat considering that previous Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s main see to the Egyptian capital in 2012 to participate in a Syrian opposition conference held by the Arab League.

Shoukry and Cavusoglu satisfied last month when the Egyptian foreign minister went to quake-hit Turkey and Syria to reveal uniformity with the 2 countries.


Associated Press author Andrew Wilks contributed from Ankara, Turkey.

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