Erdogan receives credentials of new Israeli ambassador
Israeli ambassador to Turkey was appointed after four years of unsteady bilateral ties between the two.
The Israeli ambassador to Turkey Irit Lillian on Tuesday presented her credentials to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the foreign ministry said, marking a new era after four years with the position unstaffed.
Following four years of deteriorating diplomatic ties, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives the credential of newly appointed Israeli occupation ambassador to Ankara, and former "Israel's" charge d'affaires to the country, Irit Lillian.
The ambassador said in a Tweet that it was a, "very emotional moment this afternoon as I presented my letter of credentials to the President."
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"Looking forward to many more positive developments in the bilateral relations".
Relations between "Tel Aviv" and Istanbul deteriorated sharply in 2010 after the Israeli occupation captured the Mavi Marmara ship sailing out of Turkey to the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Ankara invited the Israeli Ambassador to Turkey to leave the country in May 2018.
Last August, less than two weeks after an Israeli occupation launched a brutal aggression on Gaza which left at least 49 martyrs, including 16 children, Turkey restored full diplomatic ties with “Tel Aviv”.
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Following the restoration of bilateral relations between the two, Erdogan appointed in November Sakir Ozkan Torunlar as Turkey's Ambassador to "Israel".
The Turkish president was considered by some a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause.
However, his recent steps can be considered as a disregard for the Palestinian nation in favor of addressing internal economic and political issues his government is facing as Turkish presidential elections are looming.