- Middle East/North Africa
The director of Egyptian intelligence, Mohamed Raafat Shehata, has embarked on a two-day visit to Turkey to discuss the latest developments in the region, in particular the Syrian crisis, according to DPA.
Shehata, along with his delegation, will discuss ways of strengthening cooperation between Egypt and Turkey, especially on security issues.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due in Egypt on 17 November for talks on boosting ties, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Amr Roshdy said on Saturday.
He said details of the trip were agreed on during talks in Ankara on Friday between Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu.
Erdogan is to be accompanied by a delegation of 12 ministers, “the largest in the history of diplomatic relations between the two countries.”
Last month, Finance Minister Momtaz al-Saeed said the two countries had reached agreement on a Turkish loan of US$1 billion as part of an aid package of $2 billion to support the troubled Egyptian economy.