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Turkey and Israel to re-establish diplomatic representation
Tehran ahs called allegations they sought to attack Israeli citizens in Turkey 'baseless allegations used to destroy relations between Turkey and Iran'
By News Desk - June 24 2022
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Turkey and Israel have embarked on the restoration of diplomatic representation at the “ambassador level,” according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Tel Aviv and Ankara expelled their ambassadorial counterparts in 2018 over Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinian citizens. In recent months, energy has emerged as a key for potential cooperation between the two, following years of strained ties.

“We will continue the high-level mutual visits in the short term,” Cavusoglu said, during a joint news conference with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid.

“We have launched work on raising our diplomatic representation to ambassador level,” Lapid went on to say.

Lapid visited Ankara on 23 June amid concerns by Tel Aviv that its citizens could potentially come under attack by Iran in Turkey.

Lapid thanked the Turkish administration for assisting them in foiling an alleged Tehran plot to harm Israeli citizens in Istanbul.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, responded to the allegations made by Yapid in Ankara, describing them as “baseless allegations used to destroy relations between Turkey and Iran.”

Khatibzadeh added: “Our neighbor Turkey is well aware of the allegations made by the lying Zionist terrorist regime and is not expected to remain silent in the face of these divisive allegations.”

Despite Turkey and Israel being in the process of mending ties, the Turkish public continues to support the Palestinian cause.

During the past year, Ankara has been working to repair relations with a number of regional rivals, such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt. At the same time, Turkey has also moved to normalize ties with Israel.

Energy cooperation is of particular interest to both nations, specifically, the potential to transport Israeli gas from Turkey to Europe amid a severe energy crisis caused by western sanctions imposed on Russia.

Turkish media reports anticipate that the issue of energy cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is at the center of relations between the two countries, will be on the table during the meeting between Lapid and Cavusoglu.

Ties between Ankara and Tel Aviv collapsed in 2010 after Israeli occupation forces killed 10 Turkish activists attempting to deliver aid to Gaza.

Then, in 2018, efforts to rebuild ties failed after dozens of Palestinian protesters were killed by Israel.

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