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Lapid still planning on heading to Turkey Thursday, despite Israeli political tumult

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, center speaks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, May 25, 2022. (Asi Efrati/ GPO)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, center speaks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, May 25, 2022. (Asi Efrati/ GPO)

Despite the unfolding drama around the dissolution of the governing coalition, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will fly to Ankara on Thursday to meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Foreign Ministry announces.

As of this morning, it was still unclear whether Lapid, who could become prime minister as early as next week, would make the trip. The visit was announced Sunday before coalition leaders announced their plan to dissolve the Knesset.

Lapid and Cavusoglu are slated to discuss cooperation on thwarting Iranian attempts to harm Israeli travelers in Turkey, as revenge for the killing of Iranian officers inside Iran.

There is also speculation that the sides may discuss returning ambassadors to each other’s capitals.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz will join Lapid on the visit.

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