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There are limits to the rapprochement between Turkey and Egypt

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There was a meeting between senior Egyptian and Turkish officials in Ankara last week to discuss the possibility of repairing mutual relations. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described the discussions to a local TV station as "positive".

According to Cavusoglu, Turkey is taking "positive steps" to improve relations. "Our [Egyptian] friends are meeting at the ministry," he told NTV. "If we decide together after the meetings, we will take the necessary mutual steps to appoint an ambassador."

The first round of these talks took place in May when Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal and his Egyptian counterpart Hamdi Sanad Loza met in Cairo. The political consultations, said their ministries, focused on "necessary steps that may lead to normalisation of relations between the two countries at the bilateral and regional context."

Turkey is seeking similar rapprochement with the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Moves in this respect began following the end of the Saudi-led siege imposed on Qatar. The government in Doha was backed by Ankara during the crisis.

There are several reasons for the Turkish rapprochement with the Arab countries, but the most prominent are commercial and national security issues.


© Middle East Monitor

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