Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a year-ender briefing on external affairs that the country's relationship with Egypt was not limited to intelligence cooperation and included talks at the diplomatic level.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey, December 30, 2020.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey, December 30, 2020. (AP)

Turkey is in an ongoing dialogue with Egypt to improve relations between the two countries, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Cavusoglu stated that contact between the representatives of Ankara and Cairo in the country are continuing and that he had met with his Egyptian counterpart at international meetings last year and agreed to cooperate "on a road map". 

"There are contacts at the intelligence level to improve relations with Egypt, but this dialogue also continues at the level of foreign ministries. For example, in the last OIC meeting, Egypt removed its objections on some issues," the Turkish foreign minister explained.

"We have taken some positive steps regarding our relations with NATO. We try to act according to the principle of not being against each other on international platforms. We are discussing these issues, " Cavusoglu said.

"Of course the balance of ties with neighbouring countries and other countries is slightly different. In time, these will take shape," he added.

Cavusoglu also acknowledged that Egypt sent a delegation to Libya after a very long time but said it was not linked to the visit of Turkey's Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar.

Turkey's top diplomat added Egypt could not have had knowledge about Akar's visit to Libya, and that it is normal for Egypt to be impacted by the developments in neighbouring Libya.

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Turkey seeks better relations with US

Turkey and the United States are engaged in talks to form a joint working group that would take up the issue of US sanctions on Turkish officials, Cavusoglu said during the same briefing.

Cavusoglu also told journalists that Turkey wants “healthier” relations with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

“In 2020, our ties with the United States were overshadowed by existing problems,” Cavusoglu said. “In 2021, we are prepared to lead our relations with the new administration in a healthier manner and we are prepared to take steps to overcome existing problems.”

Cavusoglu said the proposal to set up the Turkish-US working group came from the American side but that Ankara had made similar overtures earlier. He said technical talks aimed at creating the working group have started.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies