Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Isaac Herzog shake hands during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, March 9, 2022. Photo/REUTERS
The news was revealed by the office of Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Yair Lapid said on Wednesday (17/8/2022), reported by RT.com.
Relations between the two countries were lowered to their lowest level in 2018 after Israeli forces killed around 60 Palestinians during protests at the Gaza border.
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Ankara at the time condemned the harsh treatment of protesters by heavily armed Israeli forces.
A statement issued by the Israeli prime minister’s office, following talks between Lapid and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said, “it was decided to once again raise the level of relations between the two countries to full diplomatic relations and to return the ambassador and consul general.”
“Normalization will, among other things, help strengthen regional stability,” the Israeli prime minister’s office said in a statement.
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Prime Minister Lapid was also quoted as describing the move as, “Important economic news for Israeli citizens.”
With the normalization of ties that have been going on for some time, President Erdogan previously noted restoring ties with Israel would allow Ankara to “help our Palestinian brothers.”