Amid thaw, Defense Minister Gantz set to meet counterpart in Turkey next week

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks at a press conference in Ramat Gan, August 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks at a press conference in Ramat Gan, August 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz is slated to travel to Turkey next week for an official trip, his office says.

Gantz’s office says he is expected to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, during the trip which will begin on Wednesday.

Further details about Gantz’s schedule are to be published at a later date, his office adds.

The planned trip comes two months after Dror Shalom, who heads the ministry’s Political-Military Bureau, met Turkish defense officials to “renew the lines of security relations between the countries” after a decade, the ministry says.

During Shalom’s meetings in Turkey, issues that would be discussed between Gantz and Akar were agreed upon, the ministry adds.

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