Egypt: FM Meets Turkish Opposition Party CHP Delegation
Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi met with a delegation from Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), on Tuesday The ministry spokesman quoted Fahmi as saying that Egypt has no problems with the Turks, and that strategic and bilateral ties should go beyond any partisan considerations.
“These ties should be based on mutual and vested interests and not meddle into the domestic affairs of the other state” the spokesman said.
The delegation members expressed their concerns over how ties binding Turkey and Egypt have deteriorated after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
In addition, the Turkish delegation asserted that it respects the Egyptian people’s will, confirming that such a visit aims at restoring the strategic relation between the two biggest-ever countries in the Middle East.
The delegation is led by CHP Deputy Chairman Faruk Logoglu.
Tayyip Erdoğan has been openly critical of events in Egypt since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July. Most recently he expressed his disappointment in Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb for favouring “leaders of the coup.” His comment prompted swift condemnation from the foreign ministry and Egyptian churches. The ministry had previously warned Turkey of making inflammatory statements.
The Turkish delegation stressed its respect for the will of the Egyptian people and “expressed concern over the deterioration of… the relations between the two countries,” said a ministry spokesperson.
Loğoğlu, according to the spokesperson, stressed the need to maintain economic relations and that the delegation’s visit is “in the framework of fixing the imbalance in Turkey’s foreign policy with neighbouring countries.
Last week Turkey reinstated its ambassador to Egypt after both countries recalled their ambassadors in August. The ministry in Egypt is still reviewing its relationship with Turkey and therefore has not come to a decision of whether or not to send its ambassador back to Turkey.