CAIRO: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Saudi Arabia wants relations between Turkey and Egypt to be improved; “Saudi Arabia of course wants Turkey to make up with Egypt on high-level,” he said during an interview with Hürriyet Daily News Wednesday.
Following his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia starting Saturday Feb. 28, meeting King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Monday, Erdogan emphasized the importance of Egypt for the stability of the region, adding, “we can never neglect Egypt’s presence.”
However, he said that Ankara has its own reservations on the Egyptian government.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi started a separate visit to Saudi Arabia as well Sunday, March.1, which coincided with Erdogan’s. Sisi told al-Arabia television channel Saturday that he had no plans to meet the Turkish President during his visit, and the overlap of both visits was coincidental.
The relations between Egypt and Turkey chilled quickly after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Cairo accused Ankara of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and hosting a number of its members, and Ankara consistently referred to the overthrow as a coup, which Cairo deemed as “interference” in internal affairs.
During an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat Feb.26, Sisi said that strained relations with the Qatari and Turkish governments would not affect relations among the peoples of the three countries.
“Since I took office, Egypt has not issued a single official statement that offends or abuses the Qatari or Turkish governments. Egypt abides by the Riyadh Supplementary Agreement, announced by Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz earlier in November urging conflict resolution between Egypt and Qatar,” Sisi added.