Turkey to establish Egypt friendship group: Lawmaker

Turkey to establish Egypt friendship group: Lawmaker

ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Turkey to establish Egypt friendship group: Lawmaker

Turkey's ruling AKP will propose the establishment of a parliamentary friendship group with Egypt, a senior party lawmaker said on April 20.

"As the AKP group, we're going to submit our proposal on establishing a friendship group between the Republic of Turkey and Egypt to the speaker's office today," Bülent Turan, the deputy chairman of the party's parliamentary group, told reporters in parliament.

Turan announced that parliament would also establish a friendship group between Turkey and Libya, adding that they would submit their proposal on the group also Tuesday.

Speaking to the reporters in parliament, Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop said the groups would help Turkey's relations with Egypt and Libya.

"I welcome the steps taken for the establishment of the friendship groups. Hopefully, they'll be very beneficial," Şentop said.

Turkey and Egypt have recently released statements on bilateral ties, suggesting an expected restoration in relations after more than seven years of political estrangement.

The two countries exchanged positive signals on establishing contacts and dialogue, including the possibility of holding talks to demarcate their maritime borders in the Eastern Mediterranean.