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Turkey’s deputy foreign minister and his Egyptian counterpart Hamdi Sanad Loza, and their delegations, in Cairo Turkey’s deputy foreign minister, Sedat Onal, seated second right, and his Egyptian counterpart Hamdi Sanad Loza, fourth left, and their delegations, in Cairo, Egypt, May 5, 2021 (AP photo by Nariman El-Mofty).

Turkey and Egypt Take a Step Closer to Repairing Ties

Monday, May 10, 2021

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In 2014, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the time Turkey’s prime minister, condemned Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as a “tyrant.” Last week, Erdogan, now president, sent a high-level diplomatic delegation to Cairo for discussions of bilateral relations and regional affairs, the first such official talks since 2013. The multi-day talks were led by both sides’ deputy foreign ministers and represented the most concrete step the two countries have taken to date to repair their damaged relationship. ...

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