Turkish/Israeli Relations


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Turkey pulls out of Munich defense conference because of Israel

Turkey is declining to attend an upcoming security conference in Munich due to the expected participation of Israeli officials, Ankara’s foreign minister told the Anadolu news agency on Friday.

The Munich Security Conference is an annual event that brings together some of the world’s top policy makers in foreign and defense policy.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was due to attend the conference, which is scheduled to begin on Friday. He told reporters in Berlin that he had withdrawn from the event after he had learned that Israeli representatives would also be present.

This year’s meeting is expected to draw 20 heads of states as well as 60 foreign and defense ministers.

“But, we have decided not to participate in the Munich Security Conference because they have subsequently invited Israeli representatives to the Middle East session,” Cavusoglu said.

Anadolu reported that Turkey would instead send a low-level representative to the conference.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz [Likud], who is Israel’s official envoy to the conference said he was “surprised” by Turkey’s decision.

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