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Newsline: Israeli envoy in Turkey sees ambassador appointment “within weeks”

The #Israeli charge d’affaires in Turkey said the re-appointment of an ambassador to Ankara could happen within weeks, while repeating Israel’s expectation that the Hamas office in Istanbul be closed down. In a roundtable meeting with journalists, Israel’s current top representative in Ankara Irit Lillian said the process of re-appointing an ambassador to Turkey was only a matter of “when and not if.” “I hope it will be on time and it will be just a few more weeks and the process will be over,” Lillian said. (https://news.yahoo.com/israeli-diplomat-turkey-expects-ambassador-121337710.html) Earlier this month, Turkey and Israel agreed to re-appoint respective ambassadors more than four years after they were called back, marking another milestone after months of improved relations. The two regional powers had expelled ambassadors in 2018 over the killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces during protests on the Gaza border against the opening of the U.S. #Embassy in Jerusalem.

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