Israel and Turkey Restore Full Diplomatic Ties


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Yair Lapid speak to the media after their talks, in Ankara, June 23. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Following the understandings reached during Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s visit to Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlot Çavuşoğlu and Lapid’s conversation with Turkish President Erdoğan, as well as the positive developments in Israel-Türkiye ties over the past year, the two countries have decided to restore full diplomatic ties.

On Tuesday night, Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz spoke with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal, and the two concluded the matter.

It was decided to once again upgrade the level of the relations between the two countries to that of full diplomatic ties and to return ambassadors and consuls general from the two countries. 

This restoration of diplomatic relations is a continuation of the positive direction in the development of relations over the past year, since President Herzog’s diplomatic visit to Ankara, and the reciprocal visits of the foreign ministers to Yerushalayim and Ankara. 

Upgrading relations will contribute to deepening ties between the two peoples, expanding economic, trade, and cultural ties, and strengthening regional stability

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