Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced, Thursday, that a Turkish delegation will travel to Egypt in early May to discuss the “normalization” of relations between the two countries, which began to improve after years of tension.
Ihsanoglu said in an interview on “NTV” television: “After an invitation from Egypt to Turkey, a delegation will go there at the beginning of May.” “We will openly discuss ways to normalize our relations,” he added. Ihsanoglu indicated that he would meet his Egyptian counterpart
Ihsanoglu had said in previous statements that a new chapter begins in Ankara’s relations with Egypt, and that it is expected that senior officials from the two countries will hold talks.
In response to a question about naming ambassadors, Davutoglu said: “We have not discussed (that) until now. A meeting will be held at the level of deputy ministers and diplomats, and this will be put on the agenda there.”
Last month, Ankara announced that it had resumed diplomatic contacts with Egypt and that it wanted more cooperation.
Cavusoglu and his Egyptian counterpart had a telephone conversation on Saturday and exchanged congratulations on the advent of Ramadan, in the first direct contact between them since the start of the diplomatic effort.
Cairo previously said that Turkey’s actions must be consistent with Egyptian principles in order for relations to be normalized.
It is noteworthy that, last month, Turkey asked TV channels belonging to Egyptian dissidents to work from them to reduce its criticism of Cairo in the first tangible step to calm tension, according to “Reuters”.