Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu holds first call with Egyptian counterpart since Ankara's push to repair ties

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on April 10 held a phone call with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. This was the two ministers' first direct contact since a push by Turkey to improve strained ties between the two countries.

This collage photo shows Turkish FM Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (L) and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.


The foreign ministers of Turkey and Egypt spoke by phone on April 10, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, their first direct contact since a push by Ankara to improve strained ties between the regional powerhouses.

The two ministers exchanged good wishes over the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which starts next week, the ministry added, but gave no further details.

Last month, Turkey said it had resumed diplomatic contacts with Egypt and wanted to improve cooperation after years of tensions since the Egyptian army toppled a Muslim Brotherhood president close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2013.

"Our Minister Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu spoke with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry with the aim of reciprocally celebrating the month of Ramadan," the ministry said.

A thaw in ties between the two nations could have repercussions around the Mediterranean. They have backed rival sides in the war in Libya and sealed conflicting maritime deals with other coastal states.

Cairo has said Turkey's actions "must show alignment with Egyptian principles" to normalize ties.

Last month, Ankara asked Egyptian opposition TV channels operating in Turkey to moderate criticism of Cairo, in the first concrete step to ease tensions. It also offered to help Egypt resolve a blockage on the Suez Canal.