After a decade, Turkey and Egypt sat at the same table yesterday, in an attempt to normalize relations between the two states.
The meeting took place in a positive environment, according to Egyptian media reports, however, the country’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, put three conditions on the table for the two countries to start a new page in their diplomatic relations.
According to a national network journalist, Fouad Abu Hamila, Egypt set the following conditions:
- Hand over members of the Muslim Brotherhood who are in Turkish territory and are wanted by the Egyptian justice and are involved in carrying out armed operations against the army, the police and the civilian population.
- Termination of the Turkish military presence on Libyan soil and withdrawal of all pro-Turkish militias from Libya.
- End disputes with Cyprus and Greece and reach a satisfactory compromise formula in exchange for Turkey becoming a member of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum.
Relations between Turkey and Egypt were strained when then-Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led the ouster of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Ankara ally, in 2013. Last month, Shoukry visited Turkey in A show of solidarity after the devastating earthquakes that killed more than 50,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
source: iefi merida