Report: Turkey first state with ambassador to 'Palestine'

April 15, 2013 13:49

Turkey's consul general to the Palestinian Authority has presented his credentials to PA President Mahmoud Abbas and will become the first ambassador recognized by Palestine, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported on Monday.

The move comes after the Palestinian upgrade to non-member observer state at the UN General Assembly in November.Turkey was one of a large majority of states which recognized the PA's status upgrade at the United Nations.

Şakir Torunlar, who has served as the consul general in Jerusalem, which provides consular services for Turkish citizens in the West Bank and Gaza, will be the new Turkish Ambassador to Palestine, according to the report.

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