Turkey remains undecided about normalising ties with Egypt
Turkey has not taken any steps to normalise relations with Egypt Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday, but has opened up the possibility of tied being mended.
"The peoples of Turkey and Egypt are brothers... the governments of the Republic of Turkey have suspended ties with Egypt because they are against military coups," he said.
"We of course [we] want to normalise our relations with Egypt but it's perhaps a must for the [military] coup regime that shelved democracy and chucked it out to examine its actions."
The statement was made at a regular news conference in Ankara, and is seen as part of Turkey's broader effort to ease strained relations with regional powers.
Last month, Turkey announced the restoration of diplomatic ties with Israel, ending a six-year standoff after Israeli soldiers attacked an aid flotilla headed for Gaza, killing ten Turkish citizens.
In June, Ankara began its detente with Russia, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issuing a personal apology to President Vladimir Putin for the downing of a Russian war plane which crossed into Turkish air space in 2015.
Ties between Ankara and Cairo became strained in 2013, after Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammad Morsi - an ally of Turkey's ruling Islamist party - was ousted in a military coup.
The spat resulted in the expulsion of each others ambassadors, with the Turkish envoy having been accused of harbouring Muslim Brotherhood members.
Kurtulmus' relatively conciliatory tone contrasted with that of President Erdogan, who said on Tuesday that an easing of tensions with Egypt's "oppressive regime" should not be expected in the near future.