Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said, "The Turkish military presence on Libyan soil destabilizes the region."
This came in a press conference held on Sunday, with his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, following an official session of talks, in which the two sides discussed bilateral relations and regional issues, according to a video clip posted on the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In response to a question about Egypt's position on the statements of some Turkish officials regarding the chances of rapprochement between Cairo and Ankara, the Egyptian minister said: “With regard to the statements, we are monitoring the actions. The statements and the talk is something but if this talk is not consistent and compatible with the policies, it does not become realistic or important."
"The policies that we see in the military presence on the Syrian, Iraqi and Libyan lands, the existing tension in the eastern Mediterranean, all indicate destabilizing expansionist policies in the region and therefore do not lead to dialogue, understanding or the start of a new page," Shoukry added.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister noted, "We are not looking at declarations but rather, actions and policies that promote stability and are consistent with the rules of international relations. International legitimacy is what concerns us at this stage."