15 April 2024 01:18 PM

Turkish President’s visit to Egypt

Wednesday، 14 February 2024 - 12:00 AM

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his spouse received at Cairo International Airport Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his spouse .

The two presidents later headed to Ittihadia Palace, where an official reception ceremony was held, the national anthems were played, and the guard of honor was inspected.

The two presidents held a closed session of discussions, followed by another expanded session in the presence of delegations from the two countries.

The joint declaration was signed on restructuring the meetings of the high-level Strategic Cooperation Council between Egypt and Turkey.

After that, the two presidents held a joint press conference.

President El-Sisi’s Speech at Joint Press Conference with President of Türkiye Erdoğan

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful”

Your Excellency, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,

President of the Republic of Türkiye

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me at the outset to welcome His Excellency, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Türkiye, and his accompanying delegation, on his first visit to Egypt in more than ten years, to open together a new chapter between our countries; one that shall enrich our bilateral relations and put them back on the right trajectory. I would like to underscore our pride in and appreciation for the profound historical relations as well as cultural and civilizational heritage we share with Türkiye.

It is worth noting that over the past decade, our peoples have maintained consistent engagement, while trade and investment relations sustained steady growth during the same period. Currently, Egypt is Türkiye’s largest trading partner in Africa, while Türkiye is one of the major destinations for Egyptian exports. Experience stands as a testament to the immense value of collaboration between our business sectors. With a shared vision, we will embark on a collaborative path to boost trade to 15 billion dollars over the coming few years, reinforce joint investments, and unlock new prospects of cooperation.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We are committed to strengthening joint coordination and leveraging the two countries’ strategic positions as regional powers, to promote peace, solidify stability and foster a conducive environment for prosperity and growth, united by the common challenges we face as a result of regional turmoil, including terrorism and economic and social hardships.

We deeply appreciate the cooperative efforts by Egypt and Türkiye to ensure prompt delivery of substantial amounts of much-needed humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza. This cooperation holds significant importance, given the rigorous restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities on aid access, resulting in the slow entry of aid trucks, which are insufficient to adequately meet the needs of the population in the sector.

During our talks, His Excellency President Erdoğan and I shared common views on the imperative need to reach a ceasefire in the Strip with utmost urgency and restore calm in the West Bank, so as to pave the way for the resumption of the peace process at the earliest opportunity, leading to the declaration of a sovereign Palestinian State, along the June 4, 1967, border with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.

Our discussions highlighted the critical importance of strengthening consultations between our countries regarding the Libyan dossier, with the objective of facilitating the convening of presidential and legislative elections and unifying the country’s military institution. We believe that our success in reinforcing security and political stability in Libya can be emulated to address other challenges, as the countries of the region are the most capable of understanding their complexities and the ways to settle their ongoing conflicts.

I would also like to welcome the current period of calm in the Eastern Mediterranean and hope we can build upon it to reach lasting solutions to the outstanding disputes between riparian countries in the region. This shall enable us to cooperate in order to leverage the untapped natural resources available there.

During our meeting, President Erdoğan and I also stressed our shared interest in cooperating in Africa and in working together to bolster development efforts and realize stability and prosperity across the continent.

In conclusion, I look forward to fulfilling President Erdoğan’s invitation to visit Türkiye next April to pursue our efforts toward promoting Egyptian-Turkish relations across an array of fields, to be commensurate with the two countries’ history and shared cultural legacy.

From his side, President Erdogan expressed his happiness at being in Egypt again.

"I am happy to be in Cairo again after a long time," said Erdogan.

The Turkish President thanked President El-Sisi and the Egyptian people for the warm reception.

"We share with Egypt a common history that extends back more than a thousand years," Erdogan said.

"We are awaiting President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s visit to Ankara, and we aim to increase the volume of Turkish investments in Egypt," he added.

Turkey has raised cooperation with Egypt to a strategic level and seeks trade exchange worth $15 billion, said Erdogan.

Immediate ceasefire in Gaza


"President Erdogan and I agreed on the necessity of an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and achieving calm in the West Bank so that the peace process can be resumed as soon as possible leading to the declaration of a sovereign Palestinian state on the borders of 4 June 1967  with East Jerusalem as its capital per the relevant international legitimacy resolutions, " said President El-Sisi.

"I express our pride in the level of cooperation existing between Egypt and Turkey for the rapid access of the largest possible amount of humanitarian aid to our people in the Gaza Strip given the restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities on the entry of this aid, which causes aid trucks to enter at a slow pace that is not commensurate with the needs of the residents of the strip," said El-Sisi.

From his side, President Erdogan thanked the Egyptian Red Crescent and the Egyptian Ministry of Health for facilitating the entry of aid and treating the wounded and injured.

"We appreciate Egypt's firm stance towards rejecting the displacement of the residents of the Gaza Strip."

Egypt and Turkey are endeavouring to stop the bloodshed in Gaza as a result of the massacres committed by Israel against the Palestinian people, he noted.

He said his country sent more than 31,000 tons of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

President Erdogan slammed Israel's announced plans of launching a ground invasion into Rafah, where 1.4 million Palestinians seek shelter from Israeli bombardment elsewhere in the Gaza Strip.

"Netanyahu wants to commit massacres in Rafah," said Erdogan.

“We do not accept the displacement of Palestinians from Gaza - All initiatives that aim to displace the residents of Gaza are dead on arrival,” said the Turkish leader.

In November, Egypt and Turkey agreed to transport nearly 1,000 Palestinians from Gaza, including child cancer patients, through the Rafah crossing to receive treatment in Turkey.

"We look forward to supporting our Egyptian brothers to establish a field hospital for the people of Gaza,” said Turkish President in the press conference.

 Part of visit by the First Lady and Mrs. Emina Erdoğan to the “Decent Life” operations room and the meeting with Egypt’s honorable young men and women. I was overjoyed to see the success they have achieved and the effort they have exerted in the social protection sector. We are always with you and supporting you.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his spouse accompanied Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife on a visit to Imam Al-Shafi’i Mosque in Cairo.

After the end of the visit on Wednesday evening, 2/14/2024, President El- Sisi bid farewell to Egypt’s distinguished guest from Cairo International Airport.

 The visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Egypt represents a turning point in the course of bilateral relations between the two countries, as it represents an official announcement of the progress of the rapprochement path that began in May 2021.

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