TURKEY’S Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said
it will send a delegation to
Egypt led by its deputy foreign minister in early May, as
Ankara ramps up a push to
repair strained ties with Cairo
after years of animosity.
But analysts say Cairo
is more cautious about Turkey’s intentions as it still
awaits clear signs of Ankara’s
end of support to Egyptian
Muslim Brotherhood members and other Egyptian extremists based in Turkey.
Egyptian sources say Egyptian authorities also want the
extradition of extremist elements charged with terrorism offences.
Last month, Turkey
said it had resumed diplomatic contacts with Egypt
and wanted to further cooperation, eight years after
ties crumbled over the 2013
Egyptian army toppling a Muslim Brotherhood president close to Ankara.
A thaw in ties between
the regional powerhouses
could have repercussions
around the Mediterranean.
They have backed rival sides
in the war in Libya and sealed
conflicting maritime deals
with other coastal states.
Cavusoglu, however, said on Wednesday that a new period was beginning in Turkey-Egypt ties, saying that
Cairo had invited the Turkish delegation to visit Egypt
in the first week of May to
He added that a meeting with Egyptian Foreign
Minister Sameh Shoukry, to
whom he spoke at the weekend, would take place after
Cairo has said Turkey’s
actions “must show alignment with Egyptian principles” to normalize ties. Last
month, Ankara asked Egyptian opposition TV channels
operating in Turkey to moderate their criticism of Cairo, in the first concrete step
aimed at easing diplomatic
The request appeared to
be an attempt by Turkey to
curry favour with Egypt in a
bid to mend relations.