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Turkey says its willing to cooperate with Egypt

This came in an interview with a local TV channel when the Turkish official was asked whether Turkey is seeking rapprochement with regional actors in the eastern Mediterranean

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Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin speaks during an interview on developments in the region and Turkey’s international relations and foreign policy in Ankara, Turkey on 7 July 2020. [Metin Aktaş – Anadolu Agency]

A spokesman for the Turkish presidency Ibrahim Kalin has announced: “If Egypt reveals a willingness to act with a positive agenda on regional issues, Turkey would not leave it unanswered.”

This came in an interview with a local TV channel when the Turkish official was asked whether Turkey is seeking rapprochement with regional actors in the eastern Mediterranean, such as Egypt, despite previous tensions.

Kalin added that Egypt plays a pivotal role in the region and in the Arab world.

He continued: “Of course, we cannot disregard how (Abdel Fattah) El-Sisi came to power, the coup d’état that took place in the country, people who were killed, the events of Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, the subsequent arrests and (Mohamed) Morsi’s death.”

Kalin added: “Nevertheless, if Egypt reveals a willingness to act with a positive agenda on regional issues, Turkey would not leave it unanswered. If we manage to reach common ground regarding the issues in Libya, Palestine, the eastern Mediterranean, and other files, then Turkey will make a positive and constructive contribution.”

A Turkish newspaper reported that negotiations between the Turkish and Egyptian intelligence agencies on the eastern Mediterranean are underway, pointing out that the United Arab Emirates had tried to impede the talks.

Hassan Juma

Written by Hassan Juma

Hassan Juma is an international reporter who graduated with a degree from The United States International University where he majored in Journalism and International Relations and he is currently working for African Stand as a senior reporter covering the Middle East, US, Asia, and Europe.

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