Hürriyet: "Road map for normalisation of Turkey-Egypt relations after the Erdoğan-Sisi handshake"

Egyptian President el-Sisi Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hürriyet

After the recent handshake between Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Qatar, Ankara is hoping for a normalisation of its relations with Cairo in order to create problems in the latter's strategic cooperation with Athens.

After the Erdoğan-Sisi handshake, according to a publication of the Turkish pro-government newspaper Hürriyet, the moves towards normalising relations between the two countries will be "more intense and faster".

The publication presents the "road map" to be followed after the "handshake" that "melted" the ice between the two men.

The newspaper notes that in the short meeting between Erdoğan and Sisi, in the presence of the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, they expressed their intention to permanently develop relations between their countries.

The newspaper notes that the next step will be the official meeting of the foreign ministers of Turkey and Egypt, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Sameh Shoukry respectively.

"In the past, Çavuşoğlu and Shoukry had meetings on the sidelines of international meetings. However, none of them constituted a formal meeting and conversation. Now, an official meeting of the two ministers with delegations is expected," the outlet said.

The next move will be the exchange of ambassadors since today the two countries are represented at the plenipotentiary level in Cairo and Ankara. The new Turkish ambassador in the Egyptian capital will deliver a letter of credence from President Erdoğan to President Sisi.

"With this step, there will be complete normalisation," the newspaper emphasises.

Increasing trade between the two countries is another goal of normalising bilateral relations. It is estimated that Turkish investments in Egypt currently employ 60,000 people.

After the normalisation of their relations, Turkey and Egypt - always according to Hürriyet - intend to sign an energy agreement, which has been thoroughly studied in the past.

"Officials point out that if this agreement on maritime jurisdictions is signed, Greece's position in the Eastern Mediterranean will be weakened," the publication writes.

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