Egypt's Sisi speaks with Turkey's Erdogan to offer support after earthquake - statement

Aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Hatay Province
People stand on rubble as the search for survivors continues following an earthquake in Hatay Province, Turkey, February 7, 2023. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Feb 7 (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call to offer condolences and support after the deadly earthquake, Egypt's presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

Egypt and Turkey have warmed ties recently after years of tensions as diplomatic relations have been strained since Sisi, then Egypt's army chief, led the 2013 ousting of Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was strongly supported by Erdogan.

Reporting by Mohamed Hendawy, Writing by Nayera Abdallah, editing by Ed Osmond

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