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Turkish, Egyptian presidents hold talks on sidelines of G-20 summit in India

September 10, 2023 at 9:23 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi (L) as part of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi, India on September 10, 2023 [TUR Presidency/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Anadolu Agency]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in India for talks, reports Anadolu Agency.

The closed-door meeting came on the sidelines of the final day of the G-20 summit in the capital New Delhi.

“The meeting addressed bilateral relations between Turkiye-Egypt, efforts to increase trade volume, new cooperation in the field of energy and regional and global issues,” Turkiye’s Communications Directorate said on X.

Pointing out that relations have entered a “new era” with the mutual appointments of ambassadors, Erdogan expressed his belief that bilateral relations will reach the level they deserve “as soon as possible.”

Emphasizing that the Egyptian administration’s support to Turkish investors and companies is essential, Erdogan underlined that they attach importance to reviving cooperation in the fields of LNG, nuclear energy, culture and education, according to the directorate.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, intelligence chief Ibrahim Kalin, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, Erdogan’s chief advisers Akif Cagatay Kilic, and Sefer Turan were also present at the meeting.

Although Cairo is not a member of the G-20, term president India had invited the leaders of Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Egypt, Mauritius, Oman, Singapore, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates to attend the summit.

This July, Turkiye and Egypt raised their diplomatic ties and appointed ambassadors.

Ties between the two countries had been at the level of charges d’affaires since 2013.

Al-Sisi was among the leaders who called Erdogan after the devastating Feb. 6 earthquakes in southern Turkiye, offering his condolences.