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Türkiye and Israel seek to re-represent each other diplomatically at the ambassadorial level

Türkiye’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on Thursday that his country and Israel have launched efforts to raise the diplomatic representation of both countries to the level of ambassador.

During a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid, Cavusoglu stressed the importance of bilateral political and regional consultations, noting that the two countries will continue to pay each other visits and hold political negotiations at various levels.

“It is agreed again to continue the positive dialogue between our countries, with concrete and tangible actions,” said Cavusoglu, noting that Ankara is cooperating with Tel Aviv in the fight against terrorism and possible threats against Israeli citizens.

Cavusoglu reiterated that Ankara will never allow any terrorist attack on its territory.

The Turkish foreign minister said that they also addressed “the steps to be taken” in terms of economic relations and announced that the meeting of the Joint Economic Commission will take place in September.

He also expressed Ankara’s desire to continue dialogue and cooperation in the field of energy.

Regarding Palestine, Cavusoglu said that the issue was raised during the meeting and that Türkiye conveyed its “expectations and sensitivities” on the issue to the Israeli side.

Cavusoglu reiterated the need for a two-state solution and urged avoiding steps that could damage the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

For his part, Lapid praised the Turkish intelligence services for “thwarting an Iranian plot in Istanbul” and said that Israel appreciates the Turkish government for its “professional and coordinated action.”

“Lives of Israeli citizens have been saved in recent weeks thanks to the security and diplomatic cooperation between Türkiye and Israel,” Lapid said.

The Israeli foreign minister accused Iran of “being behind these attempted terrorist attacks” and said the intelligence obtained “leave no doubt about it.”

Lapid said Tehran’s attempt was a “clear violation of Turkish sovereignty” and said they trust Türkiye “knows how to respond to the Iranians on this matter.”

The minister assured that Israel will not stand idly by in the face of attempts to harm its citizens in Israel and “around the world.”

Lapid said that he hopes that the ambassadors of both countries will return to their posts “in the near future”, so that there will be an “improvement in the economic and political dialogue”, and expressed his hope that steps will be taken soon on this matter.

On tourism, Lapid said that Israel’s “immediate goal is to generate the calm that will allow us to change the travel warning for Türkiye” as the tourist season reaches its peak and recalled that “Türkiye is the number one destination for Israeli tourists.

“We hope that, in the very near future, Israeli tourists will be able to return to Türkiye without fear,” the minister added.

Lapid stressed the importance of allowing Israeli airlines to fly directly to both Istanbul and the Turkish city of Antalya.

Last month Cavusoglu visited Israel, which was the first meeting of a Turkish foreign minister in almost 15 years.

In March, Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited Ankara and met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

*Translated by Daniel Gallego.
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