In a joint statement issued by Turkey and Egypt, it was stated that Turkey has nominated Ambassador Salih Mutlu Şen as its Ambassador to Cairo, while Egypt has nominated Ambassador Amr Elhamamy as its Ambassador to Ankara.
The statement emphasized that the elevation of diplomatic relations between the two countries was implemented in accordance with the decision taken by the Presidents of both countries. It further noted that this step aims to facilitate the normalization of relations between Turkey and Egypt and reflects the mutual will to develop bilateral relations in line with the interests of the Turkish and Egyptian people.
Why did relations between Turkey and Egypt deteriorate?
The relations between Turkey and Egypt soured in 2013 following the military coup in Egypt and the subsequent rise to power of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Turkey criticized the coup, arguing that it undermined the democratic process in Egypt and resulted in the loss of legitimacy for the government. In response, Egypt accused Turkey of supporting the coup and froze diplomatic relations. Since then, Turkey and Egypt have experienced a period of strained relations, with limited diplomatic contact. However, in recent years, there have been signals of a thaw in relations, and steps have been taken towards improving the bilateral ties.