Egypt invites Turkey to Gaza conference despite strained relations
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: Egypt has invited Turkey to a Gaza reconstruction conference set for Oct. 12, but Turkey has not yet decided on its level of participation, Hürriyet Daily News reported Friday.

Cairo, which successfully brokered a long-term cease-fire between Hamas and Israel on Aug. 25, will host the conference, with some procedures to be overseen by Norway.

Egypt and Turkey have had deeply strained relations since the military ouster of Islamist former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Turkey has since hosted Muslim Brotherhood conferences and officials.

Turkey’s Chargé d’affaires to Egypt attended Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration in June per an invitation by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which did not invite any other Turkish official.

Egyptian Chargé d’affaires to Turkey Hussein el-Saharty attended the August inauguration ceremony of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to Hürriyet Daily News.

Erdoğan has criticized Sisi in strong terms, calling him “illegitimate” and a “tyrant.” Egypt summoned the Turkish Chargé d’affaires in June and July over comments by Erdoğan on different occasions perceived as being “hostile” to the Arab country.

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