Ankara/Cairo, 4 July 2023 (TDI): After a decade of severed ties, in a joint statement, Turkey and Egypt Appoints Ambassadors to their capitals.
Amr Elhamamy was appointed Egypt’s ambassador to Ankara, and Salih Mutlu Sen was appointed Turkey’s ambassador to Cairo.
The joint statement state that this step focused on normalizing the relationship and points at the shared interest to enhance the bilateral relationship.
The statement also said that improving the relationship between the two countries is in the best interest of their people.
Path to Betterment
Egypt and Turkey cut off their ties in 2013 after there was a coup led by the current Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, to remove the previous President, Mohamed Morsi.
President Mohamed Morsi had Turkey’s Erdogan’s full support as he was Egypt’s first democratically elected leader.
Regional monarchies like Saudi Arabia and UAE considered Egypt’s democracy a danger to their rule, so they supported Al-Sisi’s rule.
Since then, Egypt and Turkey have been publicly attacking each other on different stages.
Egypt &Türkiye upgrade diplomatic relations to the level of ambassadors. 🇪🇬 nominates Amr Elhamamy as its Ambassador in Ankara, and 🇹🇷 nominates Salih Mutlu Şen as its ambassador in Cairo…the decision aims to restore normal relations for the benefit of the two brotherly peoples pic.twitter.com/jeDxvTOsXT
— Egypt MFA Spokesperson (@MfaEgypt) July 4, 2023
In 2020, both sides have slowly become less aggressive and more progressive toward friendship. This process accelerated when both leaders shook hands in Doha in 2022.
After the Doha talk, many criticized Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for being a hypocrite, as he has always criticized his Egyptian counterpart’s policies and actions.
While talks were held before that, this was a turning point for the relationship between both countries.
After the handshake, Turkey and Egypt changed their policies and stopped targeting each other as a sign of commitment to improve ties between the countries.
Soon after the Doha handshake, both countries decided to appoint ambassadors in May. Turkey and Egypt Appoints Ambassadors in each other’s capitals and released a joint statement.