World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish-Egyptian relations are strong enough to overcome political tension, Turkish Consul General in the northern city of Alexandria Mehmet Akif Ozdemir has said.
Speaking at a conference held by the Alexandria Business Association on Thursday, Akif said the Turkish administration respects the Egyptian will and does not interfere in the country's affairs.
"All agreements signed between Turkey and the Egyptian government remain and have not been cancelled," the Turkish diplomat told attendees, who included Egypt's Planning Minister Ashraf al-Arabi.
The Consul General highlighted efforts by the Turkish diplomats in Egypt to ease tension between the two countries.
Turkish government officials have been highly critical of the Egyptian army's July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his presidency. Turkey describes the move as a "military coup."
The Turkish diplomat said that business societies in Turkey and Egypt maintain their relations, despite the tension.
"The Egyptian government has proved that it seeks to maintain joint relations between the two countries," he said, citing a recent visit by Trade and Industry Minister Mounir Fakhri Abdel-Nour to Turkish factories in Borg al-Arab city in Alexandria.
He said that the Turkish embassy is about to allow the issuance of tourist visits via the embassy's website in an effort to facilitate measures for Egyptians willing to visit Turkey.Last Mod: 13 Eylül 2013, 11:51