US support for Egypt's visit to Türkiye: We encourage better relations

2023-02-28 14:01:02 | Son Güncelleme : 2023-02-28 14:17:32

Due to the earthquake, the Egyptian Foreign Minister visited Türkiye. This high-level visit, which came 10 years later, reaffirmed the commitment to the normalization process of the two countries, which have had tensions between them for many years. The developments were also on the radar of the USA and a statement of support came to the visit.

US support for Egypt's visit to Türkiye: We encourage better relations
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US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, regarding the visit of Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shukri to Türkiye, said that both countries are important partners of the US and that they encourage the improvement of their relations.

Answering questions at the daily press conference, Price said about Shukri's visit to Türkiye, "Of course, both Türkiye and Egypt are our important partners. We always encourage the improvement of the relations of our important partners."

Shukri came to Türkiye after 10 years and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu welcomed Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shukri at Adana Airport.

The two ministers made a statement at the Mersin International Port, where the "El Hurriye" ship carrying relief supplies from Egypt docked.

Noting that new pages have been opened in relations with Egypt and that the meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egyptian President Abdulfettah es-Sisi in Doha was extremely productive, Cavusoglu also stated that during the meeting he held with Shukri at Adana Shakir Pasha Airport, he took steps to improve these relations.

Minister Shukri also noted that they attach importance to restoring the relations between Egypt and Türkiye and to take them further in line with the common interests of both countries, adding, "Egypt will always stand by its brothers in Türkiye. I believe that our relations will also reach the best level from now on."


Regarding the events in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, Price said, "We condemn the horrific killing of my two Israeli brothers near Nablus and the murder of an Israeli, whom we have identified as a US citizen, in Jericho today." said.

Asked why he described the killing of Israeli settlers as "terrorism" on his social media account the previous day, but why he did not define the killing of Palestinians by illegal Jewish settlers as such, Price gave an evasive answer as follows:

"I don't think it's good to parse definitions from the podium. We condemn the extremist violence we've seen in the past few days. We condemn very strongly the killing of Israelis we saw over the weekend. Today, in all these cases of extremist violence, we very strongly condemn the violence that has resulted in Palestinian deaths, buildings destroyed. "

The spokesperson also expressed that they believe there should be equal justice for both Israelis and Palestinians.


Responding to a question about Russia's warning to the United States, NATO and Ukraine regarding the Transnistria region, Price said that they support Moldova's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and that they are in favor of a solution to the Transnistria problem under the leadership of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Price, while emphasizing the protection of Moldova's territorial integrity in the solution of the Transnistria conflict, claimed that Russia was "involved in malicious activities" in Moldova.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that Ukraine was piling up troops and military equipment on its border with the Transnistria region, and warned the USA, NATO and Ukraine not to take "adventurous" steps regarding the Transnistria region, which is located in Moldova and declared its unilateral independence.

After Moldova declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Transnistria, located on the east bank of the Dniester River, declared its independence unilaterally with the support of Russia.

The armed conflicts that started between Moldova and Transnistria after the declaration of independence ended with a ceasefire on 22 July 1992.

In 1993, solution talks started between Moldova and Transnistria within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In the negotiations held in the 5+2 format within the OSCE, representatives of Transnistria, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, the USA, and the OSCE and the European Union (EU) take place.