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Egypt-Turkey rapprochement not all plain sailing

By The Africa Report

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Posted on June 20, 2023 09:33

 © Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attend a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, on April 13, 2023. REUTERS
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attend a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, on April 13, 2023. REUTERS

Egypt and Turkey look on the verge of restoring full diplomatic ties for the first time in a decade, but some contentious issues might still prove a stumbling block to actual normalisation.

Both countries took significant steps to mend ties in the last few months, with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visiting Turkey in February to show solidarity following a devastating earthquake that killed 50,000 people in Turkey and Syria. He hosted his Turkish counterpart in Cairo a month later.  

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