Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry (R) inspect the quake-hit Adana from a military helicopter after their meeting at Adana Sakirpasa Airport in Adana, Turkiye after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit multiple provinces of Turkiye, on February 27, 2023. Photo by Anadolu Images.

Diplomacy in Times of Disaster and the Future of Turkish-Egyptian Normalization

Perhaps it is only a matter of time that the leaders of Turkey and Egypt meet in one of the two capitals.

On February 6, 2023, Turkey experienced one of the most catastrophic earthquakes in its history. Syria has also deeply suffered from the earthquake. In the aftermath of the tragic events, huge efforts, supported by domestic and international rescuers, continued to save those trapped under the rubble. One of the interesting aspects of the early days of the earthquake was the increasing diplomatic traffic centred around Turkey.

Within a few days following the earthquake disaster, the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani was the first head of state to visit Turkey. At the same time, due to the earthquake, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited Turkey and earthquake-stricken areas, and held talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Within this framework, diplomatic activities carried out during disaster period witnessed another significant development on February 27. Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry…

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[Politics Today, March 2, 2023]

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