Erdogan and Netanyahu met for the first time on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, a day after Erdogan told reporters that he supported the Biden administration's initiative to broker an Israeli-Saudi deal, saying such an agreement would ease tensions in the region, according to the Times of Israel.Netanyahu and Erdogan also agreed to coordinate mutual visits in the near future, according to the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. As soon as possible to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the prayer will be on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic on October 29, 1923.For its part, the Turkish presidency said, in a statement, that "the two leaders discussed political, economic and regional issues, in addition to the Israeli-Palestinian issue." Erdogan had earlier confirmed that he would "hold the first meeting with Netanyahu," hoping that this step would be the beginning of a much better phase in Turkish-Israeli relations.Netanyahu called Erdogan after winning the last presidential elections and congratulated him. According to a statement issued by the Israeli Prime Minister's Office at the time, the two leaders agreed to continue strengthening relations between the two countries.The Turkish president again thanked Israel for rescue aid following the earthquake that struck his country a few months ago.Recep Tayyip Erdogan received the credentials of Israel's ambassador to Turkey in December last year, as part of the normalization of relations between the two countries after 4 years of tension.The Turkish presidency published pictures of Erdogan receiving at the presidential complex, Irit Lilian, the new Israeli ambassador. She added that during the reception, the Turkish president received a copy of the credentials of the Israeli ambassador.The "Israel in Arabic" account of the Israeli Foreign Ministry also published a video clip of the ambassador during the ceremony of presenting her credentials to the Turkish president, and playing the Israeli national anthem.The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs had announced in September 2022, the appointment of Irit Lillian as ambassador of Tel Aviv to Ankara.Turkey and Israel announced, in August 2022, the full restoration of diplomatic relations and the resumption of the exchange of ambassadors, after years of differences. The expulsion of ambassadors in 2018, against the backdrop of violence in the Gaza Strip, which resulted in dozens and injured about 2,000 people, as the Turkish president described what happened in the Strip as a "massacre".Israeli-Turkish relations have witnessed a significant improvement in recent months, culminating in the visit of Israeli President Isaac Herzog to Ankara, where he met with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, last March.In August 2022, former Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid announced that Turkey and Israel had decided to return ambassadors between two countries, following a call with the Turkish president.
Netanyahu discusses 'possible normalization' with Saudi Arabia in first-ever meeting with Erdogan
Highlights: Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Benjamin Netanyahu met for the first time on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The two leaders discussed political, economic and regional issues, in addition to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Erdogan thanked Israel for rescue aid following the earthquake that struck his country a few months ago. Israeli-Turkish relations have witnessed a significant improvement in recent months, culminating in the visit of Israeli President Isaac Herzog to Ankara, where he met with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed efforts to normalize relations with Saudi Arabia during his first-ever meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.