Reuters: A high-ranking Turkish delegation visits Cairo to discuss normalizing relations

Turkish media reported that “a Turkish delegation will head to Cairo for the first visit since 2013.” She added that the Turkish delegation visiting Cairo would be headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal, noting that it would hold talks with an Egyptian delegation headed by the Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister.

She added that the talks of the Turkish and Egyptian delegations will focus on restoring relations and the Libya file.

And Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that there is a Turkish delegation to visit Egypt next week, indicating that the talks that will take place between the two countries could result in renewed cooperation and help in the efforts made to end the war in Libya.

The advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan added, in statements reported by “Reuters”, that there are contacts between the foreign ministers of the two countries, and that a Turkish diplomatic mission will visit Egypt in early May.

He continued: Looking at the facts on the ground, I think it is in the interest of the two countries and the region to normalize relations with Egypt.

He pointed out that the rapprochement with Egypt would certainly help the security situation in Libya, adding: We are fully aware that Egypt has long borders with Libya, and this may sometimes constitute a security threat.

On Wednesday, the Turkish parliament took a new step towards rapprochement with Egypt, and a memorandum was approved on forming a parliamentary friendship committee between the Turkish parliament and its Libyan and Egyptian counterparts, according to what was reported by the Turkish newspaper, Zaman.

The resolution was voted on unanimously, coinciding with the imminent holding of the first official meeting between representatives of the Foreign Ministry in the two countries next week.

The ruling “Justice and Development” party submitted this proposal to Parliament a few days ago.

And recently, Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for the Turkish presidency, said that the normalization of relations with Egypt would positively affect the situation in Libya, the country in which Ankara seeks to preserve its influence.




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