Palestinians welcome Turkey-Israel normalization, Ankara says

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ANKARA, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Turkey said on Tuesday that the Palestinian authorities, including different political factions, welcomed the normalization of relations between Turkey and Israel and wanted the dialogue to continue.

Last week, Turkey and Israel announced they would reappoint their ambassadors, four years after they were expelled following the killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces during protests. Read more

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that a rapprochement of Ankara’s relations with Israel will not diminish Turkey’s support for the Palestinian cause.

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“On the contrary, our Palestinian brothers also express that these measures will contribute to the solution of the Palestinian issue and the improvement of the situation of the Palestinian people,” Erdogan said after a bilateral meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud. Abbas in Ankara.

Abbas thanked Turkey for its support for the Palestinians.

Separately, in a television interview with broadcaster Haber Global on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that a candidate for Israeli ambassador would be presented to President Tayyip Erdogan in the “coming days”.

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Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Alison Williams

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