Egypt’s PM: Bilateral Egypt-Turkey council to be announced

Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Orabi and his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, have discussed the details of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Cairo, scheduled for 21 July, Orabi said.

In a press conference Saturday, Orabi said the meeting came within the framework of annual strategic dialogue between Egypt and Turkey, and a High Level Strategic Cooperation Council between Egypt and Turkey will be announced during Erdogan's visit.

He said that Egypt and Turkey form a strong strategic foundation for stability in the Middle East, and as two of the most highly populated countries in the region, cooperation must be developed between them in various fields.

"We currently seek to improve relations and establish forums of strategic dialogue between Cairo and Ankara," he added, saying Erdogan's visit will constitute a step toward better relations.

"We [Egypt] and Turkey represent the voice of moderation and stability in the region and we have the ability to work together to achieve them," said Orabi.

"We support all the Palestinian initiatives without any reservations," said Davutoglu. Orabi said Turkey will remain supportive of Palestinian reconciliation and back Egypt in future efforts.

Davutoglu said that this was his fourth visit to Egypt in six months, and there will be more in the coming months. This visit was to prepare for Erdogan's visit, his first to a foreign country since Turkey's recent elections.

He added that Erdogan will head a high-level delegation comprising several Turkish ministers seeking to discuss all aspects of bilateral cooperation.

Davutoglu is scheduled to visit Benghazi next Sunday to discuss the crisis in Libya.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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