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Thursday, 18 August 2022

Israel + Turkey to normalize diplomatic ties

Israel and Turkey agreed to resume full diplomatic ties in a phone call between the two nations’ leaders yesterday, according to Bloomberg. The two nations’ respective ambassadors will return to the two countries’ capital cities for the first time since 2018, a large step towards healing the rift that intensified in 2010 when Israeli commandos raided a Turkish fleet of ships headed to the Gaza Strip, killing 10 civilians.

Iran wants guarantees before rejoining the nuclear pact: Iran isn’t dropping its demands for the US to make guarantees that Western companies investing in the country would be protected if Washington pulls out of the pact again, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing statements from Iran’s negotiating team. Iran made the demands in a response on Monday to the EU’s final revised draft of the pact, which the EU is now “studying,” the Financial Times reported Tuesday. An EU official last week rejected the idea of reconvening talks between the two sides again, saying that Tehran and Washington need to make a final decision on the draft text.

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