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'Turkey, Egypt might have meeting at minister level'

As Ankara, Cairo greenlight improving diplomatic ties, Turkish foreign minister says he may meet with Egyptian counterpart

Ali Murat Alhas   | 08.05.2021
'Turkey, Egypt might have meeting at minister level'

ANKARA 

Turkey's foreign minister on Friday said that he could soon meet with his Egyptian counterpart. 

Speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu commented on an improving trend in bilateral ties with Cairo.

Cavusoglu said two days of talks this week led by the deputy foreign ministers of Turkey and Egypt were held in "positive atmosphere" and that the sides discussed bilateral issues, along with regional developments.

According to Cavusoglu, neither of the sides came up with any preconditions during the meeting, and they will determine what sort of steps could be taken in the future to keep the momentum going.

Cavusoglu went on to note that he had come together with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, on numerous occasions and that the two could meet in the future as well.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the nations of Turkey and Egypt enjoyed a unity "based on history."

Ankara and Cairo have recently released statements on bilateral ties, suggesting a restoration in relations after more than seven years of political estrangement.

The two countries exchanged positive signals on establishing contacts and dialogue, including possible talks to demarcate their maritime borders in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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