Turkish media said that a Turkish diplomatic delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sadat Onal will visit the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to discuss bilateral relations.
Reports stated that this visit is the first of its kind in terms of relations between the two countries, after the tension that it has known in recent years, and comes as a continuation of their efforts to normalize relations. Read also Turkey and Egypt: What is behind their new diplomatic efforts?What prompted Turkey to change its policies with its neighbors?Between calm and tension … scenarios for the Egyptian-Turkish relations in 2021
For his part, spokesman for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, Omar Celik, said that his country is working on forming new mechanisms to discuss its issues with Egypt.
Celik indicated – in a press statement he made today, Monday – that the Turkish delegation’s visit to Egypt is separate from the visit that a high-ranking delegation led by the Turkish foreign and defense ministers is conducting to the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
“The issue of Egypt should not be merged with Libya. Regarding Egypt, we are working on forming new mechanisms to discuss the issues between us,” the spokesman said.
“A delegation is heading to Egypt, headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, to develop possible mechanisms to discuss issues, especially the eastern Mediterranean and natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean, so the visit to Egypt is separate from the visit to Libya, and there is no direct relationship between them,” he said.
Earlier, Turkish Trade Minister Mehmet Muş expressed his country’s desire to improve trade and economic relations with Egypt, in parallel with diplomatic relations.
In a speech during a meeting of the Turkish Exporters Council in Ankara, he said, “We will work in the coming period to benefit from Turkey’s proximity to major markets such as Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and we will benefit from Turkey being a distinguished base for production and supply. And in the coming period, we also want to improve trade and economic relations.” With Egypt, in parallel with the improvement of diplomatic relations. “