Turkish PM Yıldırım says normalization of ties with Egypt possible

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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said on Monday night that normalization of ties with Egypt is also possible, after steps to restore diplomatic relations with Israel and Russia have recently been taken.

Speaking on a program on state-run TV station TRT Haber, Yıldırım said that Turkey could restore relations with Egypt and begin negotiations between ministers of the two countries.

“The issue about Egypt is very clear. Removing Mohamed Morsi from power was a blow to democracy. Our President [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] announced to the world that we do not accept Morsi’s removal from power. … We are in the same region with Egypt. We cannot cut all ties with them even if we wanted to. We have geographical connection. That’s why we lay emphasis on the change of regime there and unlawful punishments given to Morsi and his supporters. Nevertheless, there are no obstacles on trade [between the two countries]. There may be a basis for normalization in the future. Negotiations can be held between [the two countries’] ministers. We are ready for this,” Yıldırım said.

Diplomatic ties between Turkey and Egypt broke off after Sisi, who was the leader of the Egyptian military, led a military intervention ousting former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Since then, Turkey has refused to establish diplomatic ties with Sisi, who was elected president a year later.

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