Egypt  suspends normalization talks with Ankara

Dialogue between Egypt and Turkey has stopped because the latter showed no signs in changing its policies about Libya, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday.


The “exploratory dialogue sessions” between Egypt and Turkey began last year to discuss the “necessary steps to normalize relations” at the bilateral level and in the regional context, according to Shoukry who spoke to Al-Arabiya news channel today. However, the dialogue “stopped after two rounds, because there was no change in Turkey’s practices in Libya.”


Turkish-Egyptian bilateral relations have faced the diplomatic rupture since 2013 due to conflicting policies in the region.


Since early 2021, Turkish-Egyptian relations have improved slightly. Speaking to reporters in Ankara on April 14, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced “the start of a new phase in the two countries’ relations” and noted that reciprocal visits and discussions could take place.


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However, despite the relative improvement in relations following the meetings held by their deputy foreign ministers, progress in Egyptian-Turkish relations has been slow, and the two countries have not yet agreed to exchange ambassadors.


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In Libya, the two countries back opposing sides of the political crisis, with Turkey providing diplomatic and military support to the government of Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, while Egypt recognizes the rival government of Fathi Bashagha, which is designated by the Libyan House of Representatives.


The Egypt-Turkey split on Libyan went further downward when, earlier this month, Dbeibeh’s government signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkey on the exploitation of Libyan hydrocarbons.


The deal sparked strong opposition from Greece and Egypt and criticism from the European Union.


The memorandum of understanding is in fact based on the agreement for the demarcation of maritime borders signed in November 2019 in Istanbul by the former Libyan government and Turkey, which violates the maritime rights of third countries such as Greece and Egypt.


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.