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Turkey taps career diplomat as new ambassador to Israel

Turkey has named a veteran career diplomat as the new Turkish ambassador to Israel — a move that also reflects Ankara’s sensitivities to the Palestinian cause.
The Turkish (R) and Israeli flags.

Ankara named veteran career diplomat Sakir Ozkan Torunlar as the new Turkish ambassador to Israel Thursday, moving to fill the position that has been vacant for nearly five years due a series of political rows between the two countries.

Torunlar, who was appointed to the post by a presidential decree, has been a career diplomat for nearly 40 years and has worked in several countries, including Greece, India and the United Kingdom.

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