Erdogan, Herzog exchange holiday greetings during second phone call in weeks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and President Isaac Herzog (right). (AP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and President Isaac Herzog (right). (AP)

President Isaac Herzog spoke on the phone earlier today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Herzog’s office says.

Herzog wished Erdogan a happy Eid al-Fitr and the Turkish president wished his counterpart a happy independence day, according to the Israeli readout.

Erdogan also sent Herzog a formal letter congratulating Israel on its 74th year of independence, which it will be marking on Thursday.

“In the new era of relations between us, which began with the President’s visit to our country last March, I sincerely believe that cooperation between our countries will develop in a way that will serve our mutual national interests as well as regional peace and stability,” Erdogan writes in the letter.

During the call, the two discussed “the importance of “open and ongoing dialogue in order to maintain calm and stability throughout the region, especially during these days,” the Israeli readout says.

This was their second call in weeks. Erdogan called last month amid tensions surrounding Jerusalem.

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