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Egypt and Turkey agree to ‘immediately’ upgrade diplomatic ties

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to “immediately” upgrade the diplomatic relations between the two countries and exchange ambassadors, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

The move came during a phone call on Monday by Sisi to Erdogan to congratulate the Turkish President on his re-election for a new presidential term, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the statement.

The two leaders stressed the historical ties that connect Egypt and Turkey and their peoples.

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They also agreed on fostering mutual cooperation. Turkey’s relations with Egypt turned sour after former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 and his Turkey-backed Muslim Brotherhood group outlawed, prompting the two countries to expel each other’s ambassadors.





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