Break the Ice: Turkey Appoints Ambassador to Israel After Thaw in Relations

© REUTERS / Baz Ratner/File PhotoA Turkish flag flutters atop the Turkish embassy as an Israeli flag is seen nearby, in Tel Aviv, Israel June 26, 2016
A Turkish flag flutters atop the Turkish embassy as an Israeli flag is seen nearby, in Tel Aviv, Israel June 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
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A diplomat named Kemal Okem will serve as Turkey's ambassador to Israel.

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ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkey has appointed a new envoy to Israel after the normalization of diplomatic relations between the countries following a six-year standoff, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

"We have appointed the ambassador to Israel, he is Kemal Okem," Erdogan said ahead of his flight to Pakistan.

Turkish and Israeli media touted Okem's name as Turkey's new ambassador to Israel last month. His confirmation comes one day after the appointment of Eitan Naeh as Israel's new envoy to Turkey.

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