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Turkey could smooth things over with Israel and Egypt

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Turkey could smooth things over with Israel and Egypt

Ankara, nov 29 (Prensa Latina) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey considers ​​a possible gradual rapprochement with Israel and Egypt, after opening a new chapter in relations with the United Arab Emirates.
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Once we have made the decision, we could appoint ambassadors within a term to be defined, Erdogan said when speaking with national media on Monday.

Ties between Turkey and Israel have been tense since the “Mavi Marmara” incident in 2010, when Israeli forces launched a deadly assault on a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.

Both countries withdrew their respective ambassadors in 2018 after Palestinian protesters were killed in Gaza.

However, this month Erdogan held a meeting with Israeli counterpart, Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, being the first of a head of government of the Jewish state and the Turkish president since 2013.

Ankara has also maintained tense relations with Cairo since the 2013 overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who had Erdogan’s support. This also led to the withdrawal of respective ambassadors from both countries.

Turkey announced in March that first diplomatic contacts had been established with Cairo since then. Talks between the two countries continued in September, with no significant progress so far.

In the same way that we undertook our rapprochement with the United Arab Emirates, with respect to the other countries we will take similar steps, the Turkish head of state said, without providing details about a possible schedule.

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