Turk FM Visits Israel
By Micah Halpern
Turkey’s Foreign Minister finished a 2-day visit to Israel. This was the first high level Turkish visit to Israel in 15 years. Relations between the two countries have been strained of late.
While in Israel, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with Israeli leadership and he also met with Palestinian leadership.
Israel’s foreign minister Yair Lapid spoke at a joint Israeli/Turkish press conference and said: "The goal is to form and expand economic and civil cooperation between our countries, and to leverage our two countries' comparative advantages regionally and globally, even during the pandemic, and even in times of political tension."
Lapid and Cavusoglu indicated that they would begin working on a new civil aviation agreement.
Turkey's foreign minister emphasized that normalizing ties with Israel will help efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Cavusoglu said that "working on a positive agenda can also help us to address our disagreements in a more constructive manner." And then he added that: “Communications between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Israeli counterpart helped calm tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in Jerusalem during Ramadan.”
Lapid agreed with Cavusoglu and said that the two countries "have always known how to return to dialogue and cooperation."
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