Erdoğan calls on Egypt, to maximise cooperation with Turkey

After years of deteriorated relations with Egypt, Turkey is seeking to repair ties with the north African country.

“We hope to maximise the cooperation with Egypt and the Gulf states, on a win-win basis,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an interview with the state-run TRT television on Tuesday.

Relations between Turkey and Egypt have been fractured since Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power in a 2013 military coup and launched a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. Erdoğan, who had forged close ties with ousted Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi, frequently condemned Sisi as a dictator and Turkey became a safe haven for Egyptian exiles, including top Muslim Brotherhood figures, opposed to the government in Cairo.

Turkey and Egypt have serious cooperation opportunities in a wide range of areas from the eastern Mediterranean to Libya, Erdoğan said.

“There is a historical unity between the peoples of Turkey and Egypt. Our relations between the states have progressed on this basis.  We are determined to start this process again," he said.

A Turkish delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal held diplomatic talks in Cairo at the start of May. The visit occurred as part of a planned rapprochement between the two regional rivals. Egypt and Turkey have agreed to upgrade contacts to foreign ministry level after meetings between officials of their intelligence agencies, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced in April.

Within the scope of normalisation attempts with Egypt, Turkey has also ordered Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated television channels based in Istanbul to halt criticism of Cairo.