Contact between Turkish, Egyptian intelligence officers may bring wider dialogue

Undisrupted relations between Turkish and Egyptian intelligence officers may help wider dialogue between the two regional rivals, Hürriyet newspaper columnist Sedat Ergin said on Wednesday.

Turkish-Egyptian relations have been at a low point since 2013, when the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi – who had been closely allied to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

However, continuing communication between intelligence officials of the two countries could still bear fruit as it has in Syria, Ergin said.

Backchannel meetings between Turkish and Syrian intelligence continued even as Ankara cut diplomatic relations with the Syrian government. 

The recent maritime jurisdiction dispute in the eastern Mediterranean and intervention in Libyan conflict are a whole different matter but Turkey has recently expressed positive messages towards normalising relations with Egypt, he said, citing Turkish presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın's recent remarks on Libya.

Kalın said on Tuesday that Turkey would be glad to see any country - including Egypt, Qatar, Germany, Russia and Italy - contribute to dialogue in order to achieve a political solution in the Libyan conflict.