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Lapid speaks to Turkey’s Erdogan; leaders praise warming Ankara-Jerusalem ties

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a meeting of his Justice and Development party at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, on May 18, 2022. (Adem Altan/AFP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a meeting of his Justice and Development party at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, on May 18, 2022. (Adem Altan/AFP)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid holds a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Erdogan congratulates Lapid on his new position, as well as on his recent successful trip to Ankara — which he undertook shortly before becoming prime minister.

Lapid sends his best wishes to Erdogan and to all Turkish citizens for the current Eid al-Adha holiday, which began last night. He also thanks the Turkish president for Ankara’s efforts in foiling recent attempted Iranian terror attacks against Israelis on Turkish soil.

The two leaders also both praise the recent Turkish-Israeli aviation deal and emphasize the growing rapprochement between their two nations with hopes for further developments in the future.

Erdogan, who has, over the past year, expressed a renewed interest in ties with Israel after years of harsh criticism spoke with President Isaac Herzog last week.

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