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In 2014, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the time Turkey’s prime minister, condemned Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as a “tyrant.” Last week, Erdogan, now president, sent a high-level diplomatic delegation to Cairo for discussions of bilateral relations and regional affairs, the first such official talks since 2013. The multi-day talks were led by both sides’ deputy foreign ministers and represented the most concrete step the two countries have taken to date to repair their damaged relationship.

The Egypt-Turkey talks are among a series of diplomatic developments—including…

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