World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's ambassador in Cairo lauded Egypt as a key regional player, saying relations between the two countries will be stronger than ever.
"Relations between the people of Turkey and Egypt go back more than 1,000 years, and the Turkish people have always shared the happiness and sorrow of the Egyptian people," Huseyin Avni Botsali said on the sidelines of a dinner banquet hosted by the embassy to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the modern Turkish republic.
The ceremony was attended by members of the Turkish community in Egypt along with a host of diplomats and businessmen.
"Egypt is the most important country in the Middle East, Africa and east Mediterranean," said the ambassador.
"And the establishment of a system that serves democratic values would be a guarantee for the region's future."
Relations between Turkey and Egypt have been tense since the Egyptian army's July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi -- a move Ankara has described as a "military coup".
Botsali voiced optimism that relations between the two nations would be "stronger than ever."
"The common interests of both countries would remain as strong as they were in the past," he said.Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2013, 10:29