Israel and Turkey have decided to restore full diplomatic ties and will return ambassadors to each other’s country following a steady improvement in relations, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office said on Wednesday.
“Upgrading relations will contribute to deepening ties between the two peoples, expanding economic, trade, and cultural ties, and strengthening regional stability,” the statement said.
The Turkish foreign minister confirmed the re-appointment of an ambassador to Israel.
“Appointment of ambassadors was one of the steps for the normalization of ties. Such a positive step came from Israel as a result of these efforts, and as Turkey, we also decided to appoint an ambassador to Israel, to Tel Aviv,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
“We are beginning the process to determine who will be appointed,” he added, speaking at a press conference in Ankara.