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Egyptian Foreign Minister responds to Erdogan’s advisor

By Marwa Mahmoud

“We monitor and evaluate actions, not words.” With this phrase, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry responded to statements of Yassin Aktay, advisor to Turkish President Ragap Tayyip Erdogan, about the existence of rapprochement between Cairo and Ankara on the Libyan file.

He added in televised statements yesterday evening, Sunday, “We monitor actions. If the talks and statements are not consistent with the policies on the ground, then they become irrelevant.”

Criticizing the Turkish policies in the region, he said, “The policies we see in Syria, Iraq and Libya, in addition to the current instability in the eastern Mediterranean, all expect destabilising policies in the region.”

He also stressed that everything that is happening on the ground does not indicate the pursuit of dialogue and understanding on the part of Turkey. The matter is not in words, but rather actions that enhance stability and do not contradict international resolutions and legitimacy.

Aktay said in a press statement on Sunday: “There is rapprochement and communication between the two parties on the Libyan file … The two governments and the two peoples must converge.”

It is noteworthy that several files fueled the dispute between Ankara and Cairo, on top of which is the former’s support for the Brotherhood and its embrace of leaders fleeing Egypt, as well as the Libyan, Syrian, and eastern Mediterranean file.