Turkish Minister lands in Israel for bilateral talks

Turkish Minister lands in Israel for bilateral talks

TEL AVIV: Turkey’s tourism minister on Tuesday became the first member of his country’s cabinet to visit Israel since 2010, despite a row over settlements on Palestinian land .

Nabi Avci met his Israeli counterpart Yariv Levin in Tel Aviv amid a dispute over a new law legalising dozens of West Bank illegal outposts, but the two men downplayed the issue at a news conference.

“I think the bilateral relationship between Israel and Turkey is a crucial component to the stability of the region and an essential component to boost economic growth,” Levin said.

Avci hailed Israeli tourists to Turkey, saying it was his country’s duty “to host tourists coming from Israel in the best possible way.”

The visit came the same day as Turkey, a vocal supporter of the Palestinians, condemned a new Israeli law legalising dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

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