New Israeli Ambassador Arrives in Turkey Amid Improving Ties

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -
A Turkish flag flutters atop the Turkish embassy as an Israeli flag is seen nearby, in Tel Aviv, Israel June 26, 2016. Picture taken June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
A Turkish flag flutters atop the Turkish embassy as an Israeli flag is seen nearby, in Tel Aviv. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Israel’s new ambassador to Turkey has arrived in Ankara as the two countries seek to mend relations that soured after a confrontation between Israeli commandos and a provocative Turkish flotilla headed for Gaza in 2010.

Eitan Naeh arrived Thursday morning in the Turkish capital as part of a reconciliation deal clinched in June, ending six years of animosity.

Naeh, quoted by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, noted that Turkey and Israel “have a history of helping each other in times of need.” Turkey was among the nations to offer assistance to Israel in battling a series of wildfires that raged across the country last week.

Israeli-Turkish ties declined after now-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose party has roots in Turkey’s Islamist movement, became prime minister in 2003.