Egyptian FM to visit Türkiye for 1st time in decade after quake

Turkey Materials 27 February 2023 12:30
Daily Sabah
Egyptian FM to visit Türkiye for 1st time in decade after quake

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will visit Türkiye on Monday to show solidarity after two massive earthquakes jolted southern Türkiye for the first such visit in a decade of tense relations between countries.

A foreign ministry statement said the trip aims to show "solidarity with the two countries and their brotherly peoples" after the devastating earthquake that hit Syria and Türkiye earlier this month.

The 7.8 magnitude quake on Feb. 6 killed more than 46,000 people in both countries.

Shoukry and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu are expected to hold a bilateral meeting, the statement added.

Condolences have poured in from around the world expressing solidarity with Türkiye, with many countries sending rescue teams and aid, including Egypt.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was among the leaders who called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after the earthquakes.

The visit also comes just days after Shoukry and Cavusoglu had a phone call.

Shoukry arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus in the morning and was received by Syrian foreign minister Faisal Mekdad at the airport, the Syrian regime's news agency SANA said.

Cairo's relations with Ankara have been frosty since a 2013 coup that propelled el-Sissi to power, deposing elected President Mohammed Morsi and outlawing his Muslim Brotherhood, many of whom had sought refuge in Türkiye.

In November, el-Sissi and Erdoğan shook hands in Qatar, which the Egyptian presidency heralded as a new beginning in their ties.