Israel and Turkey to restore full diplomatic relations

Israel and Turkey announced on Wednesday the resumption of full diplomatic relations, after several years of strained relations between the nations. The two countries would exchange ambassadors again after refraining from doing so for four years.

“Improved relations will contribute to deepening ties between the two peoples, broadening economic, trade and cultural ties and strengthening regional stability,” a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Wednesday, after a conversation between Lapid and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Al Jazeera reported. “The appointment of ambassadors was one of the steps in the normalization of relations,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a press conference in Ankara.

“Such a positive step came from Israel as a result of these efforts, and as Turkey we also decided to appoint an ambassador to Israel, to Tel Aviv,” the Turkish minister said, according to Al Jazeera. Notably, both countries expelled ambassadors in 2018 for the killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces during protests on the Gaza border against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, in July, Israeli Prime Minister and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a phone conversation, expressing hope for improved relations between the two countries. Lapid’s office said in a statement quoted by Xinhua New Agency that the two leaders agreed that Israeli-Turkish relations are of great importance for security, economy and stability in the Middle East. East”, welcoming a new agreement on civil aviation signed last week between the two countries.

The phone call came as ties between Israel and Turkey heat up, following their years of animosity following a deadly Israeli assault on a Turkish-led flotilla trying to break the Israeli blockade on the Strip. of Gaza in 2010. (ANI)

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