Israel and Turkey on Wednesday announced resumption of full diplomatic ties and expressed readiness to reappoint respective ambassadors following years of strained relations between the two countries.
“Following the understandings reached during Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s visit to Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlot Cavusoglu and Prime Minister Lapid’s conversation with Turkish President Erdogan, as well as the positive developments in Israel-Turkey ties over the past year, the two countries have decided to restore full diplomatic ties” Lapid’s office said in a statement.
The statement called the resumption of relations with Turkey “an important asset for regional stability” and very important economic news for the citizens of Israel.
“Upgrading relations will contribute to deepening ties between the two peoples, expanding economic, trade, and cultural ties, and strengthening regional stability,” it added.
In 2018, Turkey and Israel expelled their ambassadors after Ankara strongly reacted to the killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces during a protest in Gaza Strip.
The killing occurred when the Palestinian people took to the street against opening of US embassy in Jerusalem.
Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that restoration of diplomatic ties with Israeli does not mean abandoning support to the Palestinian people.
According to Cavusoglu, Turkey will continue lobbying for Palestinian interests in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Turkey time and again rejected Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the building of its embassy located in Tel Aviv.
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