Egypt says Turkey requested FM meeting in New York

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The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has said Turkey has requested a meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meetings, currently in session in New York.

“Turkey asked for a meeting with the Egyptian side on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session,” ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati told a local television channel late Sept. 23.
Abdel-Ati said the offer had been accepted by Cairo.

“Egypt has agreed to the meeting because there is no animosity toward or problems with the Turkish people,” he added.

The meeting would bring together Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, the spokesman said.

It will be the first direct talks since the military ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, which has been repeatedly denounced by Ankara. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has several times accused Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of “hijacking the people’s will.”

Commentators have recently noted Ankara’s willing to thaw the severed ties between both countries.    
The Egyptian spokesman said he expected talks to touch on bilateral relations and regional developments.

Last November, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of chargé d’affaires and recalled its ambassador from Ankara. Turkey responded with similar measures.

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