Cem in Egypt: No Turkey-Israel agreements against Syria
Egypt-Turkey, Politics, 3/21/1998
Egyptian Preseident Hosni Mubarak will receive today Turkish Foreign Minister Ismial Cem, who carries a written communique from Turkish President Suleyman Demirel to President Mubarak.
Cem will also hold talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa in which they will discuss regional and international issues of joint interest and methods of enhancing bilateral relations.
Cem said on his arrival in Cairo that Turkish - Egyptian relations are continuously developing, and noted the strong friendship between the two countries' presidents. He said his current visit comes within consultations and communications between the two countries' officials.
He also said his discussion will focus on bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation, attempting to increase cooperation between the two countries, and exchanging views on regional and international issues.
Cem told the Egyptian opposition al-Wafd newspaper that the agreements between his country and Israel do not represent an alliance against Syria, stating that the agreement with Israel does not include any article that might harm the interests of any country in the area.
He has also denied that Turkey allowed elements of the Mossad to cross into Iraq through Turkey, reitierating his country's adherence to Iraqi territorial integrity and stating that what is done by his country in northern Iraq is not an invasion of Iraqi territory but it "is a self defense process against terrorists who kill innocents."
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