Yesterday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri confirmed the work to normalize relations with Turkey and start a new stage of joint cooperation. Shukri said at a press conference in Cairo with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu: “We have discussed the return of ambassadors to the two countries and there is a common vision.” On many bilateral, regional and international issues.” full normalization between the two countries.” an economy that has reached significant numbers.
He emphasized that the “Palestinian issue, the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq, the agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the achievement of stability in the region based on a common vision” were discussed, noting that the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and its economic consequences were discussed at the world level.
He also announced work on holding a regular meeting and exchange of visits at the intelligence level, indicating that work on a meeting between President Sisi and President Erdogan could be before or after the elections.
Earlier, Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid explained that this visit is seen as opening the way for the restoration of normal relations between the two countries and the start of an in-depth dialogue on various aspects of bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest, and stated that the dialogue between the two countries aimed at reaching a common understanding that meets the interests of both parties.
Shukri visited Turkey on February 27 to deliver a consignment of humanitarian aid from Egypt to Ankara after the devastating earthquake that struck the south of the country on the sixth of the same month. However, the positive atmosphere and efforts to normalize relations between the two countries preceded this visit by many months. Ankara is seeking to restore relations between the two sides and has taken many measures, especially against the Brotherhood organization and its associated media, as it has closed some of them and deported several media workers and members associated with the organization.
It is noteworthy that relations between the two countries were strained from 2013, before they began “poll talks” from Cairo in May 2021, and in July of that year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “There is no reason to raise the level of relations with Egypt, and he later confirmed his country’s efforts to normalize relations with Egypt.