Ambassador Kemal Ökem has been named as Turkey’s new ambassador to Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Nov. 16.
“He took up the position yesterday,” Erdoğan told reporters before he departed for Pakistan.
The Prime Ministry’s adviser on foreign affairs, Ökem was informed about his new post on Nov. 15, the same day as Israel’s Foreign Ministry nominated Eithan Na’eh as its new ambassador to Turkey.
Na’eh first needs to pass the Israeli government’s security committee in order to be formally appointed to Ankara.
Turkey and Israel are expected to simultaneously announce a mutual exchange of ambassadors as part of a normalization deal following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.