Israel, Turkey to Exchange Ambassadors in ‘Coming Days’

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gives a press conference with his Lithuanian counterpart (not in picture) in Vilnius on April 3, 2015. Cavusoglu said Turkey will send and 'informal mission' to Crimea to monitor what it termed the 'oppression' of Crimean Tatars, an ethnic group that opposed Russia's 2014 seizure …
PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty

The Times of Israel reports: Israel and Turkey this week will begin the process of exchanging ambassadors as the former allies continued the formal renewal of diplomatic relations after a six-year rift, Turkey’s foreign minister said Tuesday.

Mevlut Cavusoglu (pictured) told reporters at a press conference the exchange will take place “in the coming days,” according to a report in Turkish news outlet Haber10.

The ambassadors from both countries have yet to be announced.

Turkey’s announcement came a day after Jerusalem and Ankara traded fierce recriminations over Israel’s bombardment of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

The Israel Defense Forces carried out a series of airstrikes in the Palestinian territory late Sunday, targeting Hamas positions in response to a Palestinian rocket attack that hit an Israeli border town of Sderot. Between two and five people were reported lightly injured.

 

Read more here.

.