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How improved Ankara-Cairo ties reflect positively on Tripoli

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Cairo and Ankara have been on opposite sides for much of the last eight years. Ankara saw the rise of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to power in 2013 and the imprisonment of its ally, former President Mohamed Morsi, as a blatant coup against the democratically-elected president in Egypt. An angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Egyptian government of killing Morsi after he passed away in jail on 19 June, 2019.

President Al-Sisi, on the other hand, viewed Turkey's unfriendly rhetoric and negative media campaign towards him within the larger regional context of vying for power and influence. Erdogan believed that the Egyptian military, led by Al-Sisi, forced Ankara's regional political ally, the Muslim Brotherhood, out of power, despite winning the elections in 2012. The Turkish leader is regionally seen as the leader of political Islam in the area, and he is also a source of inspiration for all Muslim Brotherhood parties in Egypt, Libya and beyond.

Libya, Egypt's western neighbour, became the focus of conflict for regional dominance and influence between the two regional giants, Turkey and Egypt. Ankara supported Tripoli's former government, while Cairo supported the self-styled, renegade Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. When he launched his April 2019 attack to take Tripoli, Ankara and Tripoli signed a security deal and maritime border demarcation agreement. This further angered Egypt and pushed it to intensify its support for Haftar.

READ: Libya's gov't denies probing FM's anti-Turkey remarks

Eventually, Haftar lost the war in June........

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