Turkey offers help to Egypt with Suez canal blockage

Fahad PervezWeb Editor

26th Mar, 2021. 08:59 pm

Turkey has sent its tugboat to help Egypt because of the blockage of the Suez Canal and free a giant ship.

Turkey’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu said,

Turkey’s Nene Hatun ship was “one of the few machines in the world capable of carrying out an operation of this magnitude”.

“We offered to help them and if they respond favorably, we will send help,” the international news agency quoted Karaismailoglu as saying. Tugboats and dredgers were working on Friday to refloat the massive container ship, although salvage experts warn that the shutdown of one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes could last days or even weeks.”

Turkey wants to normalize the relations with Egypt which was broke in 2013 for an ex- Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was strongly backed by Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Earlier, Ankara said that it had made diplomatic relations with Cairo for the first time since Morsi’s removal, although officials in Cairo say they are still waiting for “real change” in Turkey’s policies before fully normalising relations.

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