New Turkish ambassador in Israel officially starts tenure

December 12, 2016 11:06

The new Turkish ambassador in Israel, Kemal Okem, will hand over his writ of appointment today to Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, thus officially starting his tenure.

Okem is the first Turkish ambassador in Israel to be appointed since the unfolding of the Mavi Marmara events in 2010, which brought on the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

Okem is starting his tenure in Israel after his Israeli counterpart in Turkey, Ambassador Eitan Naeh, has handed in his writ of appointment to Turkish president Erdogan.

Ambassador Okem's appointment marks the completion of the reconciliation process between Israel and Turkey.

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