Turkish President Rajab Tayyip Erdogan made his first visit to Egypt since 2012 on Wednesday to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, taking a big step toward rebuilding relations between the regional powers.

Iran PressAfrica: Erdogan has said discussions would focus on Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. The relations between Turkey and Egypt frayed over Egypt's 2013 military coup.

The visit caps diplomatic efforts in recent years to thaw the nations' frosty relations. They mutually appointed ambassadors last year, and this month Turkey said it would provide Egypt with armed drones, Reuters reported.

Relations between Ankara and Cairo broke down in 2013.

Sisi greeted Erdogan as he emerged from his plane in Cairo with his wife and they conversed as they walked along a red carpet amid fanfare, live television footage showed.

Sisi and Erdogan were to hold bilateral talks before a meeting between the two delegations, with a formal dinner planned.


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