Turkey, Israel discuss security, regional issues at Ankara talks

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Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz held a closed-door meeting to discuss bilateral relations, security issues.

Gantz’s visit to Turkey is the first by an Israeli defense minister in more than a decade. (AA)

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar met his Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz for talks in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

Akar and Gantz held a one-on-one meeting and met with delegations to discuss bilateral relations and security issues on Thursday.

Gantz’s visit to Turkey is the first by an Israeli defense minister in more than a decade.

Turkey and Israel have taken steps to normalize their strained relations over the past two years, and in August the countries agreed to restore full diplomatic relations and reappoint ambassadors and consuls general after a four-year hiatus.

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Before his meeting with Akar, Gantz paid homage to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic, in his Anitkabir mausoleum.

Remembering Atatürk’s famous quote “Peace at home, peace in the world”, Gantz wrote on Anitkabir’s memorial book: “Many years after Atatürk spoke of this wisdom, I have put a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem, praying for ‘Peace upon us and peace among us’ for the people of Israel – with partner nations and within our nation”.

Gantz also said he was honored to begin his historic visit to Turkey ahead of the country’s 99th National Day on October 29.

“In his memory, may we work together to bring peace and prosperity to our homes, to our regions and to the world,” added the Minister of Defence.

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Source: AA

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