Turkish delegation to visit Egypt in May for normalization talks: foreign minister

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A Turkish delegation will visit Egypt in May as part of Ankara’s efforts to mend ties, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reported.

“Egypt invited a delegation from Turkey. The delegation will go in early May,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told the private NTV broadcaster. “We will discuss openly how to normalize relations.”

Turkey and Egypt froze ties after the 2013 overthrow of ex-Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who forged close ties with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

That year, both countries expelled each other’s ambassadors and Cairo had then declared the Turkish envoy persona non grata.

But Turkish officials last month said Ankara had established the first diplomatic contacts with Cairo since 2013 as part of wider efforts to repair relations with other Middle Eastern rivals.

Çavuşoğlu on Thursday said the first delegation talks would be at the level of deputy foreign ministers, ahead of a meeting between the ministers.

“I hope we will all together further improve relations,” he said.

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