Egypt appreciates Turkey’s efforts to re-establish dialogue

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Turkey’s efforts to repair relations were “appreciated”, pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Tuesday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a phone call with Shoukry last week to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The call fell “within the context of Turkish statements and signals Egypt’s importance”, Shoukry said in an interview with the “Cairo Talk” program, according to the newspaper.

Shoukry expressed hope that Turkey would move towards political openness, leading to further action, Asharq al-Awsat said.

Two satellite channels that Cairo deems anti-Egypt, hosted by Turkey, had their prominent presenters go on indefinite leave. When Shoukry was asked whether his government had asked Ankara to shut down the channels, he said the “international principle of non-interference” should be respected.

Cairo favours relations based on mutual interest and the principles of international law, Shoukry said.

On Sunday, Asharq al-Awsat cited an unnamed Egyptian source as saying that Egypt wanted to start discussing security issues with Turkey, instead of political matters.

Egypt is slowly moving towards rapprochement, the source said. Cairo’s conditions include Turkey banning criticism of the government by the Muslim Brotherhood and the political will to focus bilateral negotiations on security issues.