Monday, September 5, 2011

Turkey, Egypt to Sign Strategic Cooperation Pact

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan is set to visit Egypt next week to discuss a strategic cooperation agreement covering military, diplomatic, and economic issues, the Egyptian media reported. 

The moves comes as the crisis in Israel-Turkey relations grow worse following the leaking last week of a United Nations-commissioned report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid, angering Ankara. 
Israeli-Egyptian relations have also taken a turn for the worse after Israeli troops inadvertently killed five Egyptian police responding to a terror attack on the border between the two countries August 18. 

Erdogan is scheduled to meet with the Egyptian prime minister and the head of the Egyptian military council on September 12 to discuss increased cooperation. 

In Tel Aviv, meanwhile, Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Beglitis paid a highly visible working meeting with his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak. 

Greece and Israel have enhanced their strategic partnership in the past year, with Israeli jets training long-range missions in Greece.