'Egypt trying to promote its relations with Turkey'

Turkey-Egypt Interparliamentary Friendship Group Chairman Faruk Bal said that "Turkey and Egypt are two giant countries in the Islamic world. The two countries are situated in a region of energy sources."

'Egypt trying to promote its relations with Turkey'
Deputy Foreign Minister of Egypt Wafaa Bassim met the Turkish Parliamentary EU Adjustment Commission Chairman Yasar Yakis and Turkey-Egypt Interparliamentary Friendship Group Chairman Faruk Bal in Ankara on Thursday.

"Relations between Turkey and Egypt are excellent. I am pleased to see relations developing with Egypt," Yakis said.

"We sincerely wish for Turkey to become a member of the European Union (EU). Turkey will be the voice of Egyptians in the EU. With Turkey's membership, the EU will become a multi-cultural entity," Bassim said.

Meeting Bassim, Faruk Bal said that "the Turkish-Egyptian Interparliamentary Friendship Group is comprised of deputies from different political parties. As two strategic countries in the Middle East, we want to promote our interests in the region."

"Turkey and Egypt are two giant countries in the Islamic world. The two countries are situated in a region of energy sources," Bal said.

"The Turkey-Egypt Interparliamentary Friendship Group works to develop ties between the two countries. You have a special place in my heart. Please have no doubt that Egypt is trying to promote its relations with Turkey and gives high importance to its ties with Turkey," Bassim said.

After his talks with Turkish MPs at the parliament, Bassim attended a conference at the Eurasian Strategic Studies Center in the Turkish capital.

Speaking in the conference, Bassim referred to Syrian-Israeli talks under Turkey's mediation, and said that his country was supporting all initiatives aiming to ensure regional peace.

Bassim said that the process should not have a negative impact on endeavors to solve Israeli-Palestinian dispute and other regional controversies.

All problems in the Middle East should be handled as a whole because each issue affected the other, Bassim also said.

The deputy foreign minister also said that his country appreciated Turkey's initiatives and mediation between Syria and Israel.

On Iraq, Bassim said that "a united Iraq" was the only solution.

Otherwise, there would be security and stability risks for not only Iraq but also for neighboring countries, the deputy foreign minister said.

Bassim met Murat Mercan, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Parliament, and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ertugrul Apakan in Ankara.

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