Erdogan In Egypt To Boost Regional Influence

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan met with Egypt’s new military rulers in a visit to Cairo on Monday. The meeting was an attempt to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the post Mubarak era. The Turkish prime minister is expected to also meet his Egyptian counterpart to sign economic, trade and investment accords. A political declaration is set to be signed between the two leaders to create a strategic council for cooperation. Israel will be watching any new regional developments between Egypt and Turkey very closely. It’s once congenial relationship has deteriorated sharply with both countries.

Erdogan is due to visit Tunisia and Libya later in the week in what is seen as a move to expand Turkey’s regional influence.

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