Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey would like the intelligence, diplomatic, and political cooperation and discussions with Egypt to lead to stronger ties between the two countries. He made these remarks in a public address aired on Bloomberg HT (Turkey) on March 12, 2021. Erdoğan said that relations are conducted at one level below the "top level," and added: "It is not possible to place the people of Egypt beside the people of Greece." He continued to say that Turkey was "saddened" by a joint Saudi-Greek military drill.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: "The intelligence, diplomatic, political, and economic process of cooperation with Egypt is ongoing anyway. There is no problem. Though this may not be at the top level, at one level below the top level, it is going on. Of course, we want this process with Egypt to continue in a much stronger way. For this reason, after these intelligence, diplomatic, and political discussions have produced results, we will carry it on to other stages, because it is out of the question for the people of Egypt to be separated from the people of Turkey. It is not possible to place the people of Egypt beside the people of Greece.
"In fact, I will go even further: It saddened us that Saudi Arabia performed a joint drill with Greece. We do not want to see Saudi Arabia making this kind of decisions. Of course, we are going to discuss this with the authorities in Saudi Arabia, [because] we think that this should not have happened, and it should not happen."