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Erdogan: Turkey wants ‘sustainable ties’ with Israel no matter election result

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets MPs during his Justice and Development party's group meeting at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey, on November 2, 2022. (Adem Altan/AFP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets MPs during his Justice and Development party's group meeting at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey, on November 2, 2022. (Adem Altan/AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that whatever the outcome of Israel’s election, he “wants to maintain sustainable ties” with Jerusalem based on “mutual sensitivities [and] common interests,” according to the official Anadolu news agency.

The comment comes as non-final results show a clear majority for the right-religious bloc led by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who regularly clashed with the Turkish leader while in office.

Erdogan has long been a vocal critic of Israel and cut ties with Jerusalem in 2010 after the Gaza flotilla raid, but over the past year has moved to restore full diplomatic relations.

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