Turkey agrees to provide combat drones to Egypt

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According to what Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan announced on Sunday, Turkey agreed to deliver combat drones to Egypt, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to visit soon, following the completion of reconciliation between the two countries. Gives indication of.

During a televised interview, Fidan confirmed that “the normalization process has been largely completed, and relations (between the two countries) are important for security and trade in the region.”

“We agreed to provide them with drones,” he added, stressing that “we must have serious relations with Egypt for security in the Mediterranean.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to visit Egypt on February 14, during which he will meet his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, following 12 years of estrangement between the two countries.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) and Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan shake hands after a joint press conference in Cairo on October 14, 2023.  (Photo by Ahmed Hassan/AFP)
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan (left) shakes hands with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry during a meeting in Cairo last October (French)

According to Anatolia Agency, Erdogan's last visit to Cairo was in November 2012, when he was prime minister, to meet the late Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

Both countries recalled their ambassadors in July 2013 after the intervention of forces led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was then defense minister before assuming the presidency the following year, overthrew Morsi.

But relations between the two countries have improved as Erdogan and Sisi shook hands at the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November 2022, then followed up by phone in February 2023 after devastating earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria, including Dozens of people lost their lives. Of thousands.

In July 2023, both countries announced the resumption of diplomatic relations between them at the ambassadorial level.

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