Turkey says normalising relations with Egypt 'vital'

FM raises possibility of appointing new ambassadors

14 April, 17:30

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, APRIL 14 - "Relations with Egypt must be improved. The two countries' ties are significant for many regions. Reciprocal reappointment of ambassadors is possible," Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavusoglu said Thursday in speaking on NTV.

    Cavusoglu noted that: "A process has started. Two rounds of meetings have been held at the level of deputy ministers. Now the third round is possible. We may meet with Foreign Minister (Sameh, Ed.) Shoukry and others." Relations between the two countries have been thorny since 2013 , when they worsened following the ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by then military chief and now president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

    Both countries withdrew their ambassadors.

    The two countries have also found themselves on opposite sides in Libya, where Cairo backed former general Khalifa Haftar, known as the "strong man of Cyrenaica" but who Turkey - which has some of its forces on the ground in the country - is against.

    Starting last year, Turkey has sought to re-establish relations with Egypt and shit down political information programs run by some members of the Egyptian opposition.


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