Egypt, Turkey FMs to 'meet' 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 said.

Egypt, Turkey FMs to 'meet' in New York

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Turkey has asked for 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 Monday.

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

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

He expected talks to touch on bilateral relations and regional developments.

This revelations comes after it was said that Turkey was invited to a conference for foreign ministers regarding the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip by Egypt.

According to Turkish daily Hurriyet, the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara extended the invitation to the event which was organized by Egypt and Norway to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

A Foreign Ministry official told the newspaper that Turkey had accepted the invitation but had not yet made a decision on the degree of participation in the conference in Cairo on October 12.

Relations between Cairo and Ankara soured following the military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi last year.

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

Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2014, 10:55
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