Lapid and Turkish Foreign Minister agree on resumption of economic committee activities and negotiations on new aviation agreement
The ministers met as part of a Turkish foreign minister's first visit to Israel for the first time in 15 years.
The two announced the expansion of the joint activity, but did not mention the issue of returning the ambassadors to Ankara and Tel Aviv.
Later, Chabushulu will reach the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem
Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 10:27 Updated: 12:16
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In the video: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevluth Chabushulu visits Yad Vashem (Photo: Roni Kanfo)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlot Chavushulu met today (Wednesday) with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.
At the end of the meeting, Lapid said that the two countries had agreed to resume the activities of the Joint Economic Committee that had not operated in recent years and to start working on a new civil aviation agreement.
However, the two did not mention the issue of returning the ambassadors to Ankara and Tel Aviv.
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The Turkish Foreign Minister's visit is the first visit by a Turkish Foreign Minister to Israel in 15 years.
The visit comes amid a significant warming in relations between the two countries in recent months, culminating in a summit in Ankara between President Herzog and Turkish President Erdogan.
In the news
The Turkish Foreign Minister landed in Israel on Tuesday.
On the first day of the visit, he focused on talks with the Palestinians in Ramallah and met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Chabushulu stressed in Ramallah that warming relations with Israel would not change Turkish support for the Palestinians.
Lapid and the Turkish Foreign Minister met for more than an hour in private and then in a wider forum with their advisers.
Chebushulu is expected to pay a private visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem later today.
He will also visit Jaffa and meet with the Turkish community in Israel.
What are they saying
"We will not ignore the fact that there have been ups and downs in relations - but Turkey was the first Muslim country to recognize Israel in 1949. One should always know how to close one chapter and start a new chapter in relations," Lapid said in joint statements at the end of the meeting.
Lapid said that following the visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister Israel wants to see progress not only in political relations but also in economic and civil relations between the countries.
The Turkish Foreign Minister said that despite the disagreements - the dialogue between Israel and Turkey is important and beneficial to the countries and peace in the region.
"If we work on a positive agenda it will help us resolve disputes," Chabushulu said.
He noted that the renewed dialogue at the senior levels between Israel and Turkey has greatly helped to act to restore calm during the last Ramadan.
"We have sensitivity and concern about Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The normalization between us will have a positive effect on the peace process," the Turkish foreign minister said.
He added that Turkey would be happy to see Israeli airlines land in Turkey again.
In recent years, Israeli airlines have stopped flying to Turkey due to a lack of agreement between the countries on security arrangements.
Lapid and his Turkish counterpart said talks between the two countries would continue between Foreign Ministry chiefs on both sides. At this stage it is still unclear if and when the two countries' ambassadors will be returned. .
Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Minister visited Yad Vashem and spoke.
"We remember the painful events of the Holocaust - a unique tragedy that created deep wounds in humanity's conscience," he said.
Yad Vashem is a reminder of our shared responsibility to do as much as we can so that humanity will not experience such atrocities - never again. "Later in the day, the Turkish Foreign Minister will meet with his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, and the two will make a joint statement
. Chabushulu said that “racism and hatred of the other remain significant threats and Turkey vows to continue its fight to eradicate and eradicate anti-Semitism, hatred of Muslims and all forms of intolerance.
We are proud of the fact that Turkey was a safe haven for those who managed to escape the persecution, as well as the fact that Turkish diplomats saved many Jewish lives while risking their lives. "
The Temple Mount