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Turkey-Egypt reconciliation will not be at the expense of the Egyptian opposition

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07.05.2021

Turkey and Egypt started two days of "political consultations" on Wednesday with the aim of restoring their relationship. Each delegation was led at deputy foreign minister level, with Sedat Önal in the chair for Turkey, and Hamdi Loza heading the Egyptian side. Both countries described the talks as "exploratory".

Reports cited the foreign ministries of both countries as saying that they were looking at "The necessary steps that may lead towards the normalisation of relations between the two countries, bilaterally and in the regional context." The consultations came days after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on the telephone.

Relations between Ankara and Cairo have been strained since the 2013 military coup led by current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi against the first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi. Turkey also strongly condemned the bloody crackdown on anti-coup protesters in which thousands were killed by security forces, and tens of thousands were wounded. The number of political prisoners resulting from the crackdown is estimated to be around 60,000, "but collecting that information is extremely difficult," said Amnesty International earlier this year.

In response to the strong Turkish support for the Egyptians who opposed the military coup, including Muslim Brotherhood members and liberals, Cairo expelled the Turkish ambassador. Ankara then downgraded ties with the North African country.

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