Turkey and Egypt: The Challenges of Normalisation

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Author(s): Meliha Benli Altunışık

Original Link: https://www.ispionline.it/en/pubblicazione/turkey-and-egypt-challenges-normalisation-34277

Turkey has launched a normalisation initiative with several countries with which it has had problematic relations for the last decade. Egypt has been one of them. The relations between the two countries had hit rock bottom after the toppling of then-President Mohammed Morsi by a coup in 2013. Turkey immediately became one of the staunchest critics of the coup and new President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s policies against the Muslim Brotherhood and its leaders. Although both regional countries and outside powers such as the US and the EU established relations with al-Sisi’s Egypt, Turkey remained steadfast in its criticism of the Egyptian regime. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan almost made this a personal issue and continued his criticism of the Egyptian coup in his domestic rallies and speeches.

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