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Erdogan’s role in release of couple could signal improving Israel-Turkey ties – reports

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen during an official state visit to Angola at the presidential palace in Luanda, on October 18, 2021. (Osvaldo Silva/AFP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen during an official state visit to Angola at the presidential palace in Luanda, on October 18, 2021. (Osvaldo Silva/AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s involvement in securing the release of an Israeli couple held for photographing his palace in Istanbul signals a strengthening of ties between Israel and Turkey, a senior official tells the Kan public broadcaster.

“We were a hairsbreadth away from a lengthy detention for the Oknins,” the unnamed official is quoted as saying.

Separately, Channel 13 news cites an official saying Erdogan’s handling of the matter raised the likelihood of improving bilateral ties, which have been at a low in recent years.

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