Erdogan says Netanyahu will visit Turkey in next two months

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2023. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2023. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make a visit to Turkey in the next two months.

“I think Netanyahu’s visit to Turkey, which was postponed due to illness, will take place around October-November, and contacts are still ongoing in order to hold it at the most appropriate time,” Erdogan says.

Netanyahu was due to travel to Turkey in July, but postponed the trip as he had a pacemaker implanted.

The two leaders met for the first time last week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

It came amid a warming of ties between Israel and Turkey after years of animosity between the two countries’ leaders. President Isaac Herzog was hosted by Erdogan last March in Ankara — the first high-level Israeli visit since 2008 — and Foreign Minister Eli Cohen met the Turkish leader in February.

Then-prime minister Yair Lapid met with Erdogan in New York during last year’s General Assembly.

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