Turkey and Israel decided to fully restore their diplomatic relations after a rapprochement process that ended years of tense relationshipthe Israeli government reported on Wednesday.
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“It was decided to again raise the level of relations between the two countries to that of full diplomatic ties and return the ambassadors and consuls general of the two countries,” Israel’s acting Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office said.
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On Tuesday, Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Alon Ushpiz spoke with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal, and the two closed the matter, the statement added.
The last time Israel and Turkey had ambassadors in their respective countries was in May 2018..
“The resumption of relations with Turkey is an important asset for regional stability and very important economic news for the citizens of Israel. We will continue to strengthen Israel’s position in the world,” said Lapid, who visited Turkey last June, when served as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The resumption of relations with Turkey is an important asset for regional stability and very important economic news for the citizens of Israel.
The reestablishment of diplomatic relations is the result of a process of rapprochement that began last year between the countries and was strengthened with the trip last March by Israeli President Isac Herzog to Ankara, Israel’s first presidential visit to Turkey. in 15 years.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not visit Ankara in his twelve years in office, marked by tensions with Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan.
The 2010 Mavi Marmara crisis, a humanitarian flotilla that attempted to break the blockade on Gaza and in which nine people were killed by the Israeli incursion, brought relations between the two states to their lowest point with the closure of embassies.
In 2016 the ambassadors returned to their posts, but in 2018, after the unrest that followed the US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, Turkey again expelled the Israeli legate, although trade relations continued to grow despite the lack of diplomatic representation.
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