Turkey’s high diplomat visits Cairo in effort to fix ties
Egypt and Turkey have been at loggerheads because the Egyptian navy’s 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi amid mass protest in opposition to his divisive one yr of rule. Morsi hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood group, supported by Turkey. Egypt has designated the group a terrorist group.
Cavusoglu met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry for talks on “various aspects” of bilateral relations, mentioned Ahmed Abu Zaid, a spokesman for the Egyptian overseas ministry Saturday.
He mentioned additionally they mentioned regional and worldwide problems with mutual curiosity, an obvious reference to the battle in Libya and tensions associated to gasoline exploration within the japanese Mediterranean Sea.
Abu Zaid mentioned Friday that the conferences are geared toward launching a “deep dialogue” to succeed in a “common understanding to achieve both countries’ interests.” A joint information convention was scheduled for later Saturday.
Egypt and Turkey again opposing sides in Libya’s battle, which almost led to a direct confrontation between the 2 U.S. allies in 2020 on the peak of an assault on the Libyan capital by east-based commander Khalifa Hifter, who’s backed by Egypt.
Egypt, Greece and another European nations had been additionally angered by a 2019 deal between Turkey and Libya that sought to spice up Turkish maritime rights and affect within the japanese Mediterranean.
Former Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was the final highest-ranking official to go to Cairo in 2012 when he attended a Syrian opposition convention held by the Arab League.
Turkey in recent times deserted its crucial method to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s authorities, because it tried to restore relations.
In November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and el-Sissi had been photographed shaking arms in the course of the World Cup in Qatar. And final month, Shoukry visited quake-hit Turkey and Syria to indicate solidarity with the 2 nations.