Israel, Turkey expected to appoint ambassadors soon

After the Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation Agreement was signed a few months ago and Jerusalem transferred $20 million in compensation to Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesman confirmed today that the two countries will soon appoint ambassadors.
The Israeli flag and Turkish flag Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Erdoğan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin confirmed today (Tuesday) that Jerusalem and Ankara are expected to appoint ambassadors in the near future in accordance with the Reconciliation Agreement that was officially approved in August. “We are very close to appointing the representatives,” Kalin told the Turkish newspaper Haberturk.

In addition, Kalin said that his country will propose a new initiative aimed at ending the war in Syria while attempting to unify the US and Russia following the latest crisis between the two countries. In addition, Kalin expressed his country’s opposition to the law that was passed in the US that allows the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia: “This is a law that violates the sovereignty of the country.”

On Friday, Turkish media outlets reported that Israel transferred $20 million in compensation to Ankara in accordance with the Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation Agreement. The funds will be distributed among the families of the Turkish citizens who were injured or killed during Mavi Marmara incident. According to Haberturk, Kemal Ökem, one of Erdoğan’s top advisers, could be chosen as Turkey’s next ambassador to Israel. However, the newspaper noted that Erdoğan has not yet arrived at his decision and that there are also two or three other possible candidates.

The Turkish-Israeli Reconciliation Agreement was signed in June after two months of negotiations. After the deal was signed, the Israeli security cabinet and the Turkish Parliament approved the deal.

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