Turkey's Erdogan plans to visit Egypt on Valentine's Day
Two Turkish sources familiar with the visit said Erdogan is expected to visit Cairo on 14 February, symbolically on St Valentine’s Day.
Ankara has tried to repair its broken ties with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi since 2020, and a handshake between the two leaders in 2022 in Qatar progressed the normalisation of their ties pretty quickly. Both countries appointed an ambassador to each other’s capital in July.
Erdogan’s policy towards Egypt had resulted in a disruption of relations, especially his loud protest against a military coup in 2013, which installed Sisi as head of state, and the deadly military crackdown against pro-democracy protests.
Turkey still hosts Egyptian opposition members, but in recent years it has pressured Egyptian opposition news channels to relocate outside of Turkey, to improve its relations with Sisi's government.
Erdogan is expected to discuss ways to deepen bilateral trade between the countries, as well as a maritime delimitation deal concerning the energy lines in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Some sources in Ankara expect that Erdogan might plan to visit the Rafah area to show humanitarian support to Palestinians, as both Turkey and Egypt coordinate the relief efforts for over a million displaced Palestinians.