Erdogan Congratulates Israeli PM, Hopes for Cooperation
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assures Israeli President Isaac Herzog that "the potential for cooperation with Israel is great in a range of fields, especially in energy, tourism, and technology."
Israeli media reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured Israeli President Isaac Herzog that "the potential for cooperation with Israel is great in a series of fields, especially in energy, tourism, and technology.
In a phone call, Erdogan congratulated Herzog on assuming office as president. The two agreed that the relations between 'Israel' and Turkey "are very important to the security and stability of the Middle East," according to 'Yedioth Ahronoth.'
According to the newspaper, the two sides affirmed that they ascribe "great importance to maintaining their diplomacy and dialogue despite all differences... with the aim of pushing forward the necessary steps to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the improvement of Turkey-'Israel' relations."
Last February, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that "Turkish-Israeli relations are witnessing an event that is the first of its kind in 10 years." An Israeli commercial plane landed in Turkey for the first time in a decade, due to the deterioration of relations between the two parties, which goes back more than 10 years.
In December 2020, Al-Monitor published a report indicating that there is a secret channel of talks between Israel and Turkey, in efforts to restore bilateral relations.
Well-informed sources told Al-Monitor that the chief of Turkey’s national intelligence service Hakan Fidan had been holding secret talks with Israeli officials in efforts to restore bilateral relations. Israeli media also confirmed that Ankara had appointed a new ambassador to "Israel."