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Turkish foreign minister meets with Arab League head in Cairo

October 14, 2023 at 5:53 pm

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan (L) and Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Abu Gheit (R) hold a committee lateral meeting following their bilateral meeting in Cairo, Egypt on October 14, 2023. [Murat Gök – Anadolu Agency]

Turkiye’s foreign minister on Saturday met with the Arab League head in Cairo during his visit to Egypt, Anadolu reports.

“Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan met with Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, in Cairo,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on X.

Fidan is on two-day official visit to Cairo at the invitation of his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

Fidan is later expected to meet with Shoukry and hold a joint news conference with his counterpart.

During his visit, Fidan also met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

The visit comes as hostilities between the Palestinian resistance group Hamas and Israel enter their second week, with the embattled Gaza Strip bordering northeast Egypt facing Israeli airstrikes, a cutoff of basic utilities, and an order for over 1 million residents to evacuate their homes in the north and go to the south.

Turkiye has so far sent three planes with humanitarian relief to an Egyptian airport in the hope of sending them to neighboring Gaza.

The Mideast conflict is believed to loom large in Fidan’s talks with Egyptian officials, along with bilateral ties and other regional issues.

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