Turkey’s Erdoğan arrives in Egypt amid thaw in relations

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Turkish President, Tayyip Erdoğan, arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with his counterpart,  in a landmark visit that came after around a decade of diplomatic strain between the two countries.

The Turkish president was received at the airport by Egyptian President,  Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi.

The Egyptian presidency said the talks would focus on boosting bilateral ties and discuss several regional challenges, primarily reaching a ceasefire in Gaza and ensuring the flow of humanitarian aid to the people in the Strip.

Erdoğan’s last visit to Cairo was in November 2012.

A year later, relations soured after the Egyptian army, then led by al-Sissi, toppled Egypt’s then Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party was a main backer of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

In response, Egypt expelled the Turkish ambassador and downgraded ties with Ankara to the level of charge d’affaires.

In 2023, Egypt and Turkey appointed new ambassadors after they agreed to upgrade their ties again. 

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