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New era in Turkish-Egyptian relations begins, says Turkish FM

The Turkish Foreign Minister has expressed that a new period was on the works between Turkey and Egypt as the foreign ministers of the two states are set to hold talks in the near future.

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On Wednesday, Turkish news broadcaster NTV has reported Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stating that a new period of bilateral relations between Turkey and Egypt is set to begin, as Çavuşoğlu and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry are set to hold talks in the near future. When asked about the date of the meeting, Çavuşoğlu expressed that a discussion did not take place as of yet, and that there will be a meeting at the deputy ministerial level where the specifics will be put on the table.

Last month, Turkey indicated that it had resumed its diplomatic ties with the North African country after 8 years of pause, following the 2013 military coup that ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, who was close to Ankara. In this regard, Egypt has voiced its demand of Turkey needing to adhere to Cairo’s principles in order to normalize bilateral relations. Consequently, it was reported last month that Turkey has demanded a lowering of tones exerted by Muslim Brotherhood TV channels broadcasting from the country, in the first step towards the normalization of bilateral ties.

Most recently, Çavuşoğlu and Shoukry have conducted a phone call on Saturday exchanging good wishes amid the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This talk was also reported as the first official talk between the two ministers since attempts at bilateral normalization took place between both countries.

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