Turkey and Israel to restore full diplomatic ties

Turkey and Israel to restore full diplomatic ties

Türkiye and Israel will mutually reappoint ambassadors, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Wednesday, marking a milestone in the two countries' efforts to normalize ties.

"The steps we would take to normalize relations include mutually reappointing of ambassadors. At the news conference we held with (Israeli Prime Minister Yair) Lapid in this hall, we made a statement that we started the work on the appointment of ambassadors.

"As a result of these efforts, such a positive step came from Israel. Of course, we, as Türkiye, have decided to appoint an ambassador to Israel, to Tel Aviv," Çavuşoğlu told a news conference with his Kyrgyz counterpart Jeenbek Kulubaev.

The top diplomat said the process will begin after both the countries present the names of the ambassadors. He also said that the decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Israel after a decade of tensions did not mean that Türkiye would abandon its support for Palestinians.

In May, Çavuşoğlu visited Israel, a first by a Turkish foreign minister in 15 years.