CAIRO: Turkish Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc signaled his country seeks a common ground to re-establish strained relations with Egypt calling on the Egyptian authorities to “take the initiative for possible reconciliation.”
In an interview with Al Jazeera Turk TV station Monday, Arinc said his country aims at “good friendly relations based on mutual understanding, particularly with Egypt and the Gulf states. It will be the first step you need to take, maybe, but we have to achieve it.”
He noted that Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi came to power by the elections, but Turkey now does not accept the principle of ousting an elected President and government (former President Mohamed Morsi). However, the status quo has been accepted by the entire world and Sisi could now visit the United States and Arab countries, he continued.
Relations between the two countries have been witnessing a rising tension after Morsi was ousted in July, 2013 following a mass protest against his regime.
In response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s criticism describing Morsi’s removal as a “coup”, Egypt on Nov. 23, downgraded bilateral diplomatic relations with Turkey and declared Turkish Ambassador Hussein Botsali “persona non grata.”
Since the meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York City in October, both countries entered into war of words, criticizing the human rights situations of each other.
Arinc’s came after the relations between Egypt and Qatar thawed under the Saudi Arabia’s brokerage; for a year and a half, the relations between two sides strained after Morsi’ ouster as w