Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is set to visit Egypt on Saturday to intensify dialogue with the Middle Eastern country and hold talks with Egyptian officials on a series of topics high on the world’s agenda.

Erdo?an is scheduled during his historic visit to meet Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi, attend the Turkey-Egypt High Level Strategic Cooperation Council and then a joint press conference with Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil.

The Turkish prime minister is expected to discuss the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip with Egyptian officials — a topic that would further foster relations between Turkey and Egypt due to the similar stance taken by the two countries on the Palestinian issue.

Erdo?an had a phone conversation with Morsi late on Thursday to discuss the escalating exchange of fire between Israel and the Palestinians.

According to sources, Erdo?an and Morsi exchanged views on tensions in the region, particularly Israel’s assault on Gaza. In their conversation, Morsi also stressed that Cairo is “impatiently” awaiting Erdo?an’s visit on Saturday.

Erdo?an is to be accompanied by a delegation of 12 ministers on the visit, considered the largest in the history of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Although Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip are expected to overshadow the topics likely to be discussed between Turkish and Egyptian officials during Erdo?an’s visit, including bilateral relations, Egypt’s economic, political and social problems and the Syrian crisis, it is also an issue that is expected to consolidate Turkish-Egyptian dialogue on the regional issues.

As a sign of its strong stance on Israel, Egypt officially requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday to discuss what it described as Israeli aggression on Gaza.

On Wednesday, Egypt condemned the Israeli strikes that killed many civilians in the Gaza Strip, describing the attack as a violation of international law. On the same day, Egypt, which is seriously alarmed at Israeli aggression on Gaza, recalled its ambassador from Israel as a sign of protest.

Turkish leaders have also strongly condemned Israel for a series of strikes on the Gaza Strip, calling on the United Nations to take “principled action” against the aggression and stop Israel’s continued attacks immediately.

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