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Following reconciliation with Israel, will Turkey revive ties with Cairo next?

While Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim expressed the desire for his country and Egypt to become closer politically and economically, Egyptian officials have reservations in this regard.
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addresses the media in Ankara, Turkey, June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX2IFQI

"If we set to the side the manner in which the regime in Egypt was changed, and the wrongs inflicted upon [former Egyptian President Mohammed] Morsi and his circle, then there is nothing standing in the way of developing ties between us.” Those were the words of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on the same day that his country signed an agreement normalizing relations with Israel.

In regard to the possibility that in the near future reciprocal visits by Turkish and Egyptian senior officials could take place, Yildirim told the official Turkish press agency Anatolia, “It is possible to organize mutual visits involving officials and businessmen of the two countries, and mutual communications concerning [affairs in] the military realm.”

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