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Thursday, 9 September 2021

Looks like Egypt and Turkey are on speaking terms again

Egypt and Turkey failed to find a breakthrough in diplomatic talks this week aimed at normalizing relations following eight years of hostility. Further steps are needed before diplomatic relations can be upgraded and consultations will continue in search of a solution, Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdy Loza and his Turkish counterpart Sedat Onal said in a joint statement after talks in Ankara wrapped up yesterday. The discussions covered a number of issues including Libya, the Eastern Mediterranean, Syria and Palestine, the statement said.

No sign of ambassadorial appointments just yet: In a televised interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday (watch, runtime: 5:35), Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that diplomatic ties could not be restored until “certain measures that were taken by Turkey” had been addressed, adding that “… when we are satisfied that those issues have been resolved, that will open the door for further progress.” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had told Turkish state TV on Tuesday that “If we decide together after the meetings, we will take the necessary mutual steps to appoint an ambassador.”

The talks come amid a thaw in tensions between Turkey and the UAE, and attempts by Ankara to mend relations with another of its long-standing regional rivals, Saudi Arabia.

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