Turkey: no bilateral talks with Egypt in OIC meetings
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks to the media during a visit to northern Cyprus, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

CAIRO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated Thursday that Egypt’s attendance in Istanbul-based Organization of Islamic Organization (OIC) came about as a matter of international participation and there were no bilateral meetings, Youm7 reported.

In a news conference held in Ankara, Çavuşoğlu added that his country does not mind if bilateral meetings were held, noting that Egypt’s role is important in the region.

Relations between both countries bexams strained immediately after President Mohamed Morsi was ousted July 3, 2013 after mass protests that ended his regime.

Turkish president Erdoğan described Morsi’s ouster as a coup, and Egypt on Nov. 23, 2013, downgraded bilateral diplomatic relations with Turkey, and declared Turkish ambassador Hussein Botsali persona non grata.

In early February, Çavuşoğlu said that his country needs to normalize relations with Egypt, noting that he has held a number of recent meetings with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

During a joint news conference held in New York with Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir Sunday, Çavuşoğlu noted that Saudi Arabia has played a role to heal the rift between both nations.

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