(Ecofin Agency) - Since 2021, Egyptian-Turkish relations have witnessed a series of positive developments, marking a resurgence in diplomatic ties between the two nations. The recent G20 summit provided an opportune moment for the heads of state from both countries to explore avenues for further bolstering their bilateral relations.
On September 10, during the G20 summit in New Delhi, India, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi engaged in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A statement from the Egyptian presidency highlighted the shared commitment of both leaders to "advance" their nations' relations and revive various mechanisms for bilateral cooperation.
The partners believe a robust strategic approach founded on mutual respect, common interests, and genuine intentions holds the potential to contribute significantly to upholding security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region. As a reminder, relations between Cairo and Ankara had sharply deteriorated when General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi assumed power following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, who was affiliated with the Turkish-backed Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian military's crackdown on this group had led to a breakdown in relations, resulting in the expulsion of their respective ambassadors as early as November 2013.
However, since 2021, Turkey has made diplomatic efforts to mend fences and restore relations. Following the devastating earthquake in Turkey on February 6, 2023, which claimed the lives of over 50,000 people, the two leaders engaged in a phone conversation, following their initial handshake exchange in November 2022 at the stands of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
In July 2023, Egypt and Turkey took concrete steps to strengthen their diplomatic ties by appointing ambassadors to each other's countries.