Israel and Turkey decided today (Wednesday) to normalize relations between them, following a conversation held by the Prime Minister Yair Lapid and the president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As part of the normalization of relations, the countries will return the ambassadors and consuls general in both countries. Also, Israeli flights to Turkey will resume operations starting next month.
Meanwhile, on behalf of the Turkish Presidential Palace, it was reported that “President Erdogan expressed his support for promoting relations, within the framework agreed upon during President Yitzhak Herzog’s visit to Turkey. Regarding the decision made today to appoint ambassadors, President Erdogan said that these steps will be taken soon. President Erdogan said that he supports cooperation The action and dialogue between the two countries is based on mutual respect.”
At the same time, the US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, said that he welcomes the resumption of full relations between Israel and Turkey. Also, Sullivan added that the renewal of relations is an “important development”.
Earlier, following the announcement of the normalization of relations, Lapid and Erdogan spoke by phone this evening. The leaders thanked each other for the development of relations between the two countries in recent times following the dialogue between Prime Minister Lapid and Turkish President Erdogan and the exchange of visits between the two foreign ministers. The Prime Minister and the President congratulated each other on the decision to return to full diplomatic representation and to reinstate the ambassadors and consuls general to Israel and Turkey. The leaders emphasized the great importance of Israel and Turkey in maintaining regional stability.
The Prime Minister and the President agreed that the latest development is an important and additional layer in the strengthening of relations that will also lead to many achievements, with an emphasis on the fields of economy and tourism, as will be reflected in the renewal of Israeli flights to Turkey and the gathering of the economic committee involved in Israel during the month of September.
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Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in response: “The renewal of relations with Turkey is an important asset for regional stability and a very important economic asset for the citizens of Israel. We will continue to act and strengthen Israel’s international status in the world.” Lapid also added that last night the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke with the Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sadat Unal, and the two concluded the matter. It was decided to re-raise the level of relations between Israel and Turkey to full diplomatic representation and to return the ambassadors and consuls general of both countries.”
the president Yitzhak Herzogsaid in response to the return of full diplomatic relations with Turkey: “I welcome the return of full diplomatic relations with Turkey. This is an important process that we have been leading for the past year, which will lead to the development of the economy, tourism and friendly relations between the countries. Partnership and good neighborliness in the Eastern Mediterranean are important to all of us. Religions – Muslims, Jews and Christians, can and should live in peace.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlot Çavuşoğlu commented on the normalization of relations with Israel: “Turkey and Israel will re-appoint mutual ambassadors. Appointing ambassadors was one of the steps to normalize relations. 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, in Tel Aviv.” .
Last night, the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alon Oshfiz spoke with the Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sadat Unal, and the two concluded the matters. The restoration of the level of diplomatic relations is a continuation of the positive trend in the development of relations in the past year, since the visit of the country’s president Yitzhak Herzog to Ankara, and the mutual visits of the foreign ministers in Jerusalem and Ankara.
Last May, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu visited Israel. During his visit, he met with Lapid, and the two issued a joint statement. “We agreed to renew the activities of the Joint Economic Committee, and to start working on a new aviation agreement between our countries. We will not pretend that the relationship between us has not known ups and downs. At the same time, we have always known to return to talking, to return to cooperation.
He further added that “Nations with a long history always know how to close a chapter and open a new chapter. This is what we are doing today. Following the Abraham Accords, an axis of power was created in the Middle East against terrorism, against attempts to undermine stability.”
The Turkish Foreign Minister said during the statement: “Thank you to Lapid for the invitation and the warm welcome since my arrival. I also thank Lapid for the conversation we had today and the meetings we held with our colleagues. We agreed that despite our differences, having a stable dialogue would be effective for all of us. It will benefit us all in the field of peace as well in our region. We shared our views on the region.”
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