Turkey’s prime diplomat visits Cairo in effort to fix ties


CAIRO — Turkey’s chief diplomat was in Cairo on Saturday for talks with Egyptian officers because the regional powers search to fix their frayed ties after years of tensions.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s international minister, landed within the Egyptian capital early Saturday. He was the very best rating Turkish official to go to the Arab World’s most populous nation in over a decade.

Egypt and Turkey have been at loggerheads because the Egyptian army’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 International Minister Sameh Shoukry for talks on “various aspects” of bilateral relations, stated Ahmed Abu Zaid, a spokesman for the Egyptian international ministry Saturday.

He stated in addition they mentioned regional and worldwide problems with mutual curiosity, an obvious reference to the battle in Libya and tensions associated to fuel exploration within the jap Mediterranean Sea.

Abu Zaid stated Friday that the conferences are geared toward launching a “deep dialogue” to achieve 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 jap Mediterranean.

Former Turkish International 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 palms in the course of the World Cup in Qatar. And final month, Shoukry visited quake-hit Turkey and Syria to point out solidarity with the 2 nations.

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