Israel, Turkey Look Forward to Exchanging Ambassadors Soon

YERUSHALAYIM -

Although no agreements have been signed yet, the Israeli-Turkish reconciliation has advanced to the point where the prospect of an exchange of ambassadors is being talked about publicly.

National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror said Wednesday in Beijing that the two countries will exchange ambassadors after an agreement on compensation over the Mavi Marmara is finalized, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Amidror arrived in the Chinese capital on Wednesday, two days after discussions with  a Turkish delegation in Yerushalayim, the second round of talks over the compensation package. Amidror missed the Shanghai leg of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s five-day visit to China because of it.

“It was a very good meeting and I hope that in a short time the agreement will be completed,” he said. A number of issues were agreed upon, he added, though some problems remained, though he would not elaborate.

“Until everything is agreed upon, nothing is agreed upon,” he said, adding that he expected the agreement to be completed shortly.

Once the agreement is final, he said there is only a short time, a technical period, before ambassadors are exchanged.