Gantz heads to Turkey in first visit by defense chief in a decade

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

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (left) during a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, October 12, 2022, and Defense Minister Benny Gantz (right) at a conference in Rishon LeZion, October 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys; Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (left) during a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, October 12, 2022, and Defense Minister Benny Gantz (right) at a conference in Rishon LeZion, October 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys; Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz takes off for Turkey for a first official visit, the first by a defense chief in over a decade, his office says.

Gantz is slated to meet his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, tomorrow morning, according to a schedule published by his office.

The planned meeting will mark another step in a year-long process that has seen the countries inch back toward full diplomatic relations after over a decade of frayed and frozen ties.

A defense official tells the Walla news site that the trip will likely not see any weapon sale deals being signed between the sides.

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