A former adviser to Egypt’s foreign minister says Ankara’s decision to take a step towards Cairo is dictated by a desire to reposition itself in the region after its relations with a number of countries soured over the past several years.
A new era in relations between Egypt and Turkey has begun, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced, teasing a high-profile meeting shortly.
The upcoming meeting is expected to involve deputy ministers and diplomats in Cairo in May. The foreign ministers are also likely to meet if there is a breakthrough, paving the way for a reconciliation between the two countries.
Relations between Cairo and Ankara soured in 2013 after the overthrow of Egypt’s then-President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which was subsequently outlawed and designated a terrorist group by Cairo.
Shortly after Morsi’s ouster, deemed a military coup by Ankara, Egypt and Turkey expelled each other’s envoys and downgraded diplomatic relations, as Cairo accused Ankara of interfering in its affairs. The Turkish side, in turn, slammed the Egyptian authorities for a “crackdown” on supporters of the toppled president, yet expressed hope that bilateral relations would “get back on track”.
Now, it seems the two sides are finally on a path to mending their frayed ties.
Meeting Up in the Air?
But Hussein Hareedy, a former assistant to Egypt’s foreign minister, is sceptical that the aforementioned meeting will indeed take place.
Egypt has so far…