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Turkey and Egypt seek immediate upgrading in diplomatic relations

egyptian president abdel fattah al sisi visits prophet's mosque in madina
File photo: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visits Prophet's Mosque in the holy city of Madina Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on “the immediate start of upgrading diplomatic relations, exchanging ambassadors,” Egypt’s presidency said in a statement late Monday.

Sisi spoke with Erdogan in a phone call to congratulate him on his presidential win.

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry visited Turkey in April and met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, the two parties agreed then on a specific time frame to raise the level of diplomatic relations and to prepare for a summit between the two presidents.


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