Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed, on Sunday, that there had been diplomatic communication with Turkey over the restoration of normal relations between the two countries. “If we found a real change in Turkish policies and targets to converge with the Egyptian ones, this will allow normalisation,” Shoukry said in his meeting with the head of the parliamentarian foreign affairs committee. “There is no communication outside the normal diplomatic channels.”
Shoukry affirmed that Egypt is keen on maintaining a close relationship between the Egyptian and the Turkish people. “The negative political attitudes of Turkey’s government do not reflect the real relations between the two people.” Shoukry’s statements came in response to recurrent Turkish official statements about Turkish-Egyptian communications to restore relations after years of tension since the overthrow of the late Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by a military coup in July 2013.