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Egyptian-Turkish Relations Thaw as Alliances Shift in the Region

August 8, 2023

Subscribe to the Egyptian Streets’ weekly newsletter! Catch up on the latest news, arts & culture headlines, exclusive features and more stories that matter, delivered straight to your inbox by clicking here. After a decade of political contention and regional rivalry, Cairo and Ankara have decided to restore diplomatic ties. The two Mediterranean nations announced on 8 July of this year the restoration of ambassador-level relations, with Cairo appointing Amr Al-Hamami as its ambassador to Ankara and Turkey appointing Salih Mutlu Sen as its new ambassador to Egypt. Al-Hamami and Mutlu Sen have been serving as the charges d’affaires in Ankara and Cairo over the past few months, during which Egypt and Turkey held several diplomatic and security meetings. Earlier this year, in a series of exchanged visits, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu pledged to undertake ‘concrete steps to raise diplomatic relations to the highest level. Allies, Rivals, Then Allies Again Over the past two decades, diplomatic relations between Egypt and Turkey have had their fair share of ups and downs. The ever-changing tapestry that is Middle East politics has placed these two Mediterranean…

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