Israel, Turkey to name envoys in three weeks

October 5, 2016 20:14


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The Foreign Ministry's appointment committee is scheduled to meet on October 27 to select Israel's next ambassador to Turkey, officials said Wednesday.

Turkey is expected to name its envoy to Israel on the same day. The exchange of ambassadors will formally mark the re-establishment of full diplomatic ties between the two countries, six years after they were shattered following the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010.

The Foreign Ministry's appointment committee is headed by director-general Dore Gold. The fact that the committee is meeting on this issue is a sign that the next ambassador will likely come from inside the Foreign Ministry, and not be a political appointment from outside.

Considering the state of relations with Turkey, this post is one of the most sensitive in the world, and the expectation is that it will be filled by a veteran diplomat with previous experience dealing with Turkey.

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