Israeli Economy Minister visits Turkey for 1st time since 2019

Israeli Economy Minister Orna Barbivai arrives in Turkey on a visit aimed at boosting trade and economic cooperation between Turkey and “Israel”.

  • Israeli Economy Minister Orna Barbivai
    Israeli Economy Minister Orna Barbivai

Economy and Industry Minister of Israel’s occupation government, Orna Barbivai, arrived in Turkey on Tuesday for the first visit since ties broke off in 2009.

Barbivai will meet her Turkish counterparts in Ankara, namely Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank and Trade Minister Mehmet Mus.

Israeli news 24 quoted the Minister of Economy and Industry as saying that “improving economic and commercial cooperation between Turkey and Israel will strengthen ties between the two countries and contribute to regional stability”.

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Barbivai said that sponsoring the joint economic conference for the first time in 13 years is a major milestone in increasing “volume of trade and creating job opportunities” and “an integral part of the economic deals Israel is working to promote around it,” added her.

It is worth noting that the Israeli minister’s visit comes after the announcement of the reopening of the Office of the Economic Attaché in Istanbul and the appointment of Matan Safran as Economic Attaché of the Economic and Trade Mission to Turkey.

The meeting between Barbivai and Turkey’s Minister of Industry and Technology aims to discuss closer cooperation in the technological field, expand cooperation in the field of innovation in high-tech industry and cooperation in the field of small and medium-sized enterprises, and invite Turkish delegations to visit “Israel”, including retail networks.

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Last August, and after years of strained relations between Turkey and the Israeli occupation, Prime Minister Yair Lapid announced that his government would restore full diplomatic ties with Ankara.

Last July, Turkey and “Israel” signed a bilateral aviation agreement to multiply direct flights between the two entities as part of normalization efforts after years of strained relations. According to Israeli media, this was the first agreement since 1951.

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In March, Israeli occupation President Isaac Herzog visited Ankara and met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the first visit by an Israeli President since 2007.

Ahead of his trip, Herzog told reporters, “We will not agree on everything, and the relationship between Israel and Turkey has certainly seen ups and downs and not-so-easy moments in recent years.”

“But we will try to resume our relations and build them in a measured and prudent manner and with mutual respect between our states,” he added.

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