Israel’s first ambassador to Turkey since 2010, Eitan Naeh, presented his credentials to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, completing a critical step in the normalization of relations between the countries, AFP reports. Naeh, who arrived in Turkey late last week, was received by Erdogan at the presidential palace in Ankara, handing over his formal credentials and introducing his staff, a video shared on the Turkish president’s website showed. Naeh is Israel’s first envoy to Turkey since the two countries cut off relations in 2010 following the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident. The career diplomat previously worked in Ankara between 1993 and 1997 and was serving as deputy head of mission at the Israeli embassy in London before being chosen for the new role. Last month, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s foreign policy advisor Kemal Okem was chosen as Ankara’s ambassador to Israel. Okem will start work on December 12, state-run news agency Anadolu said last week, marking the very final step in the diplomatic reconciliation.
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