Egypt’s foreign minister urges Turkey to withdraw troops from Syria amid lingering tensions despite recent efforts to restore ties. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri emphasizes the importance of preserving Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, while Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu defends Turkey’s presence in Syria as crucial in the fight against terrorism.
The relations between Egypt and Turkey comes after years of strained ties since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2013. However, Turkey’s military presence in Syria complicates efforts to normalize relations, as Egypt and other Arab countries renew contact with Damascus, causing concerns in Washington.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has conditioned dialogue with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syria. The recent exchange between the Turkish and Egyptian presidents during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar marks a potential turning point in their relations.