Egypt confirms allegations that Turkey will appoint new ambassador to Cairo

Egypt confirms allegations that Turkey will appoint new ambassador to Cairo

International press reported on claims that Turkey will appoint an ambassador to Egypt after a 9-year hiatus.

United World International expert Onur Sinan Güzaltan confirmed the allegations to sources close to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We share Güzaltan’s evaluations on the subject as published in the Cumhuriyet newspaper. The original text can be read here.

Sources close to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaking to the British press, shared the information that Ankara will appoint an ambassador to Cairo after 9 years, and that this person will be Salih Mutlu Şen. Şen was Turkey’s representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation between 2015-2020.

Political scientist Onur Sinan Güzaltan, who continues his research at the Russian People’s Friendship University (RUDN) in Moscow and previously lived in Cairo for a long time, told Cumhuriyet: A source close to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose opinions I consulted on the subject, confirmed the information that the Ambassador in Cairo, designated by Turkey, is waiting for the approval of the Egyptian side to begin his duty. In summary, we can say that with the approval of the ambassador by Cairo, a new page will be opened in Ankara-Cairo relations.”

Emphasizing that the authorities of the two countries have not yet issued an official statement on the issue, Güzaltan also said, “Egyptian journalists, whom I asked about the developments, stated that the authorities in Cairo refrained from making positive or negative comments.”

Güzaltan continued his words as follows: “Even though the exploratory talks between Turkey and Egypt in May and September progressed slowly, it was giving the signs that a new page would be opened between the two countries…”

Emphasizing that there have been two important developments in the recent period, Güzaltan said, “The first of these was the positive messages given by the Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar regarding relations with Egypt within the framework of the Eastern Mediterranean issue for the first time. The second was the invitation of Egyptian officers to an event of the Turkish Ministry of National Defense held in March. In the statement made after the event, Egypt was counted among the friendly countries. However, this development interestingly did not find enough attention in the press…”

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Egypt were at their lowest level since the rule of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, ended in 2013.

Onur Sinan Güzaltan
Onur Sinan Güzaltan was born in Istanbul in 1985. He had his Bachelors's degree in Law, from the Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne Universty /Paris XII and a Master's degree in International and European Law. He got his certificate of diploma equivalence at Galatasaray University. Later, he got a Master's degree in International Trade Law, at the Institut de Droit des Affaires Internationales, founded jointly by the Sorbonne Universty and the Cairo Universty. In this process, he had served as the Cairo representative for the Aydinlik Newspaper. He has several articles and television streams within the international press, in such as People's Daily, Al Yaum, Al Ahram, Russia Today FranceAl Youm Al Sabea. In addition to being the author of the Tanrı Bizi İster Mi?, a work that studies the 2011-2013 political period in Egypt, he had also contributed to the multi-author study titled Ortadoğu Çıkmazında Türkiye, with an article that focused on the Turkish-Egyptian relations. While currently working as a lawyer, he also writes a weekly column for Aydinlik Newspaper on the subject of international politics and geopolitics.

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January 2023