Turkish, Egyptian presidents hold talks on sidelines of G20 summit
The meeting addressed bilateral relations between Turkey, Egypt, and efforts to increase trade volume.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a private meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi during the G20 summit's final day in New Delhi, India.
According to Turkey's Communications Directorate, the meeting focused on enhancing bilateral relations between Turkey and Egypt, increasing trade volume, exploring new collaborations in the energy sector, and discussing regional and global issues.
Erdogan highlighted that the appointment of mutual ambassadors marks a "new era" in their relations and expressed confidence that bilateral ties will soon reach their deserved level. He emphasized the importance of Egyptian support for Turkish investors and companies, particularly in areas such as LNG, nuclear energy, culture, and education.
In addition to the presidents, the meeting was attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, intelligence chief Ibrahim Kalin, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, and Erdogan's chief advisors, Akif Cagatay Kilic and Sefer Turan.
Although Egypt is not a G20 member, India, as the term president, extended invitations to leaders from various nations, including Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Egypt, Mauritius, Oman, Singapore, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, to participate in the summit.
Earlier this year, Turkey and Egypt elevated their diplomatic relations by appointing ambassadors, marking a significant step forward after maintaining only charge d'affaires level representation since 2013. Notably, President al-Sisi offered condolences to President Erdogan after the devastating earthquakes in southern Turkey on February 6th.
Earlier, at the New Delhi Summit Declaration on Saturday, the G20 leaders released a statement of having different views of the war in Ukraine, but they jointly called for respect for the UN Charter.
Leaders of the G20, the world's biggest economies, stressed that the purposes and principles of the UN Charter must be abided by, especially regarding the war, noting that the G20 is not the platform to "resolve geopolitical and security issues."
"In line with the UN Charter, all states must refrain from the threat or use of force to seek territorial acquisition against the territorial integrity and sovereignty or political independence of any state," the declaration read, adding that "today's era must not be of war."
Meanwhile, the leaders of G20 nations said they are against using nuclear weapons or respective threats, according to a final declaration of the New Delhi summit of the group.