Cairo and Ankara have begun the process of exchanging ambassadors and moving to fully normalize diplomatic ties following Turkey’s re-election on 28 May of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as President. The matters were discussed during a congratulatory phone call following the election result announcement between Mr Erdogan and his Egyptian counterpart, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

What impact this rapprochement may have on East Med dynamics remains unclear for now, as Cyprus, with which Turkey has no diplomatic relations, looks to pipe gas from its 4.5tcf Aphrodite back to Egypt (MEES, 2 June). (CONTINUED - 194 WORDS)