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Egypt and Türkiye take steps to normalize relations

Cairo, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, traveled to Türkiye as part of the efforts of both countries to restore bilateral relations, deteriorated in the last decade.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said in a statement that Shoukry is visiting Türkiye at the invitation from his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. The objective is to continue discussions related to the strategy of normalization of relations, he said.

Abu Zaid explained that both foreign ministers will hold a closed-door meeting, and then another with their respective delegations, before holding a joint press conference.

Both authorities held talks last March 18th, in what Abu Zeid described as “the inauguration of the path to reestablish normal ties.”

That was the first trip by a high-ranking authority from Türkiye to Egypt in more than a decade.

At the end of February, Shoukry visited Ankara for the first time in ten years as a sign of solidarity after the devastating earthquakes that struck parts of Türkiye and Syria.

The day after the first quake, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to express his condolences.

Relations between the two nations deteriorated in 2013, when the then Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, with whom Erdogan maintained close ties, was deposed in a popular revolution.


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