New details are unfolding behind the handshake of Sisi and Erdogan

I opened The first handshake Of its kind between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the opening of the World Cup hosted by Qatar, the door to questions about the future of relations between Cairo and Ankara.

“It wasn’t an accident.”

Egyptian sources said that the handshake between the Egyptian and Turkish presidents was “not a coincidence,” and that Qatar has recently sought to smooth relations between Cairo and Ankara. According to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

The sources added that the handshake between the two presidents will be followed by diplomatic and political steps at the level of senior officials to discuss in more depth issues pending in the relations between the two countries.

For its part, the Egyptian presidency announced that this handshake confirmed the depth of the relationship between the two countries, noting that during that handshake the depth of the ties between the two sides was emphasized.

Beginning to develop relationships

The official spokesman for the presidency, Bassam Rady, stated that it was agreed that this would be the beginning of the development of bilateral relations between the two parties.

In turn, Erdogan indicated earlier today that this handshake was a first step towards further normalization of relations between the two countries, adding that other moves would follow.

Erdogan’s only request

In addition, he made it clear that his country’s only request from Egypt is to change its approach towards the Turkish situation in the Mediterranean,” according to Reuters.

Erdogan had said a few days ago that “Turkey is ready to review its relations with Egypt and Syria, but after the next June elections,” according to the official “Anatolia” news agency.

Commenting on this breakthrough between the two countries, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted Dr. Tariq Fahmy, a professor of political science at Cairo University, as saying that the handshake between the Egyptian and Turkish presidents has a diplomatic significance and needs a review from the Turkish side, with the aim of presenting credentials to Egypt and not the other way around.

thorny issues remain

He stressed that these positive indicators do not negate the existence of thorny issues in the relationship between the two countries, and their resolution requires in-depth and frank consultations and in accordance with specific commitments, including Turkey’s failure to implement any proposal regarding the removal of mercenaries from Libya, but rather the Turkish side deliberately set aside the Egyptian and European position in this matter. .

On the other hand, Ambassador Mohamed Al-Orabi, the former Egyptian Foreign Minister, saw that there is still a long way to go to talk about restoring Egyptian-Turkish relations to normal, explaining that the matter can be considered (a positive step to restore dialogue), according to his statements to the Middle East.

He pointed out that there are many and deep differences in the two countries’ vision of very important issues, including the situation in Libya and the security of the Mediterranean, in addition to Egypt’s national commitment towards Iraq and Syria, the two countries whose security is threatened by Turkish practices.

It is noteworthy that this is the first time that the Turkish and Egyptian presidents have shaken hands, despite their participation in several regional and international events, but they avoided meeting directly or shaking hands.

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