Egypt and Turkey Seek to Reestablish Diplomatic Ties: A Look at Their Rapprochement Journey
According to The Turkish News Portal, Egypt and Turkey have been holding talks at the foreign minister level in a bid to improve diplomatic relations, with the aim of restoring full ties. Ties between the two countries were severed in 2013 following a coup in Egypt, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned. Since then, Turkey has provided refuge to Egyptian dissidents and allowed them to run satellite television channels that spoke against the Egyptian government.
However, diplomatic relations have improved since Doha restored its relations with its Gulf neighbours and Cairo, prompting Ankara to follow a similar path. Fundamental disagreements still exist between Egypt and Turkey, including the conflict in Libya and disagreements over the exclusive economic zone and hydrocarbon resources in the Mediterranean. Despite this, the two countries have expressed their political will to normalize their relations.