The foreign ministers of the two countries confirmed in Cairo the work to normalize relations
Cairo and Ankara are preparing to hold a summit meeting between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to what Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry announced during a joint press conference yesterday with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The two ministers announced that they had discussed “restoring relations at the ambassadorial level.” The Egyptian minister said, “There is political will and directives by the presidents of the two countries when they met in Doha (during the opening ceremony of the World Cup), and the two foreign ministers were assigned to launch the path to reach full normalization of relations, after developments in the past years.”
Shoukry added that the talks with his Turkish counterpart included “the regional situation in Palestine, Libya and Iraq, the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and work to confront common challenges such as terrorism.” He also indicated that the discussions between the two sides touched on the Ukrainian-Russian crisis and its repercussions.
In turn, the Turkish minister said that steps are being taken to restore relations with Egypt to normal “immediately.” He added, “We are present now to strengthen relations and restore them to their normal course… From now on, positive steps will be taken to improve relations.” He added, “It was agreed to turn the page on tension… We will do our best to fully restore relations and not go back.”
Egypt and Turkey are coordinating a summit between Sisi and Erdogan