(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Turkey and Israel have agreed to 'reenergize' relations in
several fields, Foreign Minister Mevlut Сavushoglu said at a press
conference with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid on Wednesday
during the first official visit by a Turkish foreign minister to
Israel in 15 years, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah .
Lapid, for his part, said that Turkey and Israel are opening a
new chapter in relations and aim to expand economic ties while
beginning to work on a new civil aviation agreement.
'The goal is to form and expand economic and civil cooperation
between our countries to create business to business and people to
people connections and to leverage our two countries, with their
comparative advantages regionally and globally, even during the
pandemic, and even in times of political tension,' Lapid said.
'We agreed to bring new synergy to our bilateral relations in
many fields and establish different mechanisms from now on,'
Speaking after one-on-one and delegation-level talks, Сavushoglu
said the countries' bilateral trade volume surpassed $8 billion
last year, noting that the figures for the first quarter of this
year are 'very promising.'
'We are determined to increase our trade volume and economic
cooperation. It is mutually beneficial,' he added.
Lapid said Israel and Turkey are launching a new framework to
strengthen bilateral relations at various levels. He said that the
two countries“have always known how to return to dialogue and
“Nations with long histories always know how to close one
chapter and open a new one. That is what we are doing here today,”
'Israel expects to see progress with Turkey not only in our
diplomatic and security relations, but on the economic front as
well,' he emphasized.
'Beyond diplomacy ... Israelis simply love Turkey; every day
dozens of flights leave Israel for Turkey with thousands of
Israelis who love your culture, your music, your beautiful beaches
and colorful bazaars,' the top Israeli diplomat said.
He said the 'fruitful and honest' dialogue will 'initiate a new
framework to improve our relations that will benefit not only us
but our children for years to come.'
- Mevlut Cavushoglu
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