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Top Turkish diplomat to visit Egypt after a decade of tension

On Saturday, the foreign minister of Turkey will visit Cairo, indicating a warming of relations between the two countries after a decade of severed diplomatic ties following the ousting of Egypt’s former president and Turkish ally, Mohamed Mursi.

This will be the first visit by Turkey’s top diplomat since Egypt’s current president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was then the army chief, led the coup against Mursi in July 2013.

The upcoming visit of Turkey’s foreign minister to Cairo follows a visit by his Egyptian counterpart to Turkey two weeks ago to express solidarity after the earthquakes that caused over 50,000 deaths in Turkey and Syria.

Both countries’ foreign ministries have announced the visit, which is expected to cover discussions on various aspects of their bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues. It is worth noting that the late Mohamed Mursi, a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was supported by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his AK Party, which has roots in Islamism.

Following the devastating earthquakes last month, President Sisi of Egypt and President Erdogan of Turkey had a phone conversation, and Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian foreign minister, visited Turkey on February 27, which was also the first of its kind in ten years.

After touring the earthquake-affected areas, Turkey’s foreign minister Çavuşoğlu, expressed his intention to visit Egypt soon, and suggested that Erdogan and Sisi could meet either in Turkey or Egypt after that. Furthermore, in November last year, Çavuşoğlu announced that Turkey might reappoint its ambassador to Cairo in the coming months, indicating further steps towards normalization between the two countries.

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