Israel appointed Irit Lillian as its new ambassador to Türkiye on Monday, thus doing so for the first time since 2018.
Irit Lillian is believed to have played a crucial role in the normalization of ties between Türkiye and Israel, whose appointment was announced by Israel’s Foreign Ministry.
Former Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi appointed Lillian as Israel’s charge de affairs in Ankara in February 2021, and she has been serving under that title until the recent appointment. From 2015 to 2019, Lillian was Israel’s ambassador to Bulgaria.
After a four-year hiatus, Türkiye and Israel agreed to restore full diplomatic ties and reappoint ambassadors and consuls general in August 2022.
A new decree including the appointment of the ambassador to Tel Aviv was ready to be presented to the president, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week.