Israel’s ambassador to Turkey on presenting her credentials to Erdogan: “A very touching moment”

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Israeli ambassador to Turkey, Irit Lillian, said on Tuesday that she had presented her credentials to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On her Twitter account, the ambassador described the moment she presented her credentials to Erdogan as a “very moving moment,” adding, “We look forward to more positive developments in bilateral relations in the near future.”

Israeli President Isaac Herzog said, on his Twitter account, “Ambassador Irit Lillian presented her credentials to the Turkish president, and we look forward to receiving the credentials of the Turkish ambassador soon,” and added: “A big step forward for Israeli-Turkish relations.”

It is noteworthy that the outgoing Israeli Prime Minister, Yair Lapid, announced in August that Turkey and Israel had decided to return the ambassadors between the two countries, following a call he had with the Turkish President.

At the time, Lapid said on Twitter: “After my conversation with the President of Turkey (Recep Tayyip Erdogan), Israel and Turkey will return ambassadors and consuls general. Renewing relations with Turkey is an important asset for regional stability, and economically important for the citizens of Israel. We will continue to work and strengthen Israel’s international standing in the world.” .

Lapid added, “The restoration of the level of diplomatic relations constitutes a continuation of the positive trend witnessed by the relations between the two countries over the past year, since the visit of the head of state to Ankara, and the two mutual visits by the foreign ministers to Jerusalem and Ankara.”

On the other hand, the Turkish presidency said at the time that Erdogan discussed, in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, “bilateral relations and regional issues.”

And the Turkish presidency added, in a statement, according to the Turkish “Anatolia” news agency, that Erdogan mentioned about the appointment of ambassadors between the two countries, that Turkey will take the necessary steps regarding the appointment of a new ambassador “as soon as possible.”

And she added that the Turkish president “expressed his support for the establishment of cooperation and dialogue between Turkey and Israel on a sustainable basis and respect for each of the two parties sensitive issues for the other.”

He also “expressed his satisfaction with the progress of Turkish-Israeli relations in accordance with the framework agreed upon during Herzog’s and Lapid’s visits to Turkey.”


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