Turkey has laid down a detailed roadmap to normalize relations with Egypt within five months, the al-Arabiya TV reported on April 11.
Earlier this week, Egypt suspended normalization talks with Turkey until further notice, citing Ankara’s failure to meet its demands, especially the ones related to the situation in Libya, as the reason.
A source with knowledge on the talks told the UAE-based channel that Turkey stressed its respect for the sovereignty of Egypt and all Arab states in a new message.
“Ankara informed Cairo of a timeline for the withdrawal of [Syrian] militants from Libya,” the source said. “Cairo has requested pledges from Ankara that guaranty the withdrawal of mercenaries from Libya.”
According to the source, Turkey’s work to full Egypt’s demands has so far included:
- Forcing the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group –banned in Egypt- to halt political work from Turkey;
- Suspending the activities of several organization affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood;
- Banning any donations for the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and Libya;
- Arresting Egyptians who recently returned from Syria;
- Ending the funding for TV channels affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood;
- Imposing restrictions on Muslim Brotherhood members Yahya Musa and Alaa al-Samahi who are wanted by the authorities in Egypt.
The bilateral contacts between Turkey and Egypt were renewed last month. On April 10, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made a breakthrough call with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to congrats him on the arrival of the holy Muslim month of Ramadn.
Egypt wants Turkey to crop the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and end its intervention in Libya. On the other side, Turkey is mainly looking for a maritime border agreement with Egypt.
While Turkey is taking serious steps against the Muslim Brotherhood to assure Egypt, it is yet to act truthfully in Libya. Around 6,000 Turkish-backed Syrian militants are still in the north African country.
Turkey’s alleged plan to withdraw from Libya within five months may be nothing but an empty promise. Just a few days ago, Ankara sent a new batch of Syrian militants to the country.