The two sides held in-depth discussions on a range of bilateral and regional issues and the peace process, and on means of strengthening and broadening the bilateral relationship regarding political, economic, commercial and cultural issues were discussed.

 MFA Director General discusses the strengthening of bilateral relations with his Turkish counterpart

 

MFA Director General Yossi Gal (Archive photo: MFA)

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman)

A high-level delegation, headed by Ministry of foreign Affairs Director General Yossi Gal, held several meetings this morning (Tuesday 19 January 2010) in Ankara with the Director General of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other senior MFA officials. The Turkish ambassador to Israel, Ahmet Oğuz Çelikol, and the Israeli ambassador to Turkey, Gabby Levy, also participated in the discussions. Director General Gal also met with the Secretary General of the National Security Council, Chairman of the Foreign Committee of the Turkish parliament, with other parliamentary officials and with the Turkish Minister of European Union Affairs.

The two sides held in-depth discussions on a range of bilateral and regional issues and the peace process. In addition, means of strengthening and broadening the bilateral relationship regarding political, economic, commercial and cultural issues were discussed. It was also agreed to institute a series of mutual visits on all levels. The two sides reiterated the importance of the relationship to both countries and to the region, and of their confidence in the stability of the relationship.

It was agreed that an additional round of talks between the ministries will be held in May 2010, in Israel. It was also agreed that the level of cooperation between the ministries on legal, economic, consular and other issues will be increased.

The atmosphere in the meetings was positive.