Around the world on 15 March 2021
Turkey’s actions need to speak for its intentions before it can mend fences with Egypt, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said yesterday, according to Reuters. Ankara and Cairo have established “limited” diplomatic contact after years of frosty relations, Shoukry confirmed. Top Turkish officials said last week that diplomatic contacts had resumed and that Ankara is trying to set up a meeting in Cairo to seek further cooperation that could potentially end a long-running dispute. Egypt dialed back the rhetoric, saying this can’t be taken to mean both countries have resumed “diplomatic communication.”
Libya wants Egypt to suspend the USD 25 entry visa fee for Libyans, as part of activating an agreement signed in 1992, which regulates the rights of movement, residence, work and ownership, between the two countries, it said in a statement.
FURTHER AFIELD: Syria’s First Lady Asma Al Assad could face terrorism charges and lose her British citizenship after the Metropolitan police opened a preliminary investigation into claims of her involvement in Syrian war crimes.