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Erdogan to host Israeli President in Turkey next week

Israeli President Isaac Herzog will travel to Turkey next week for a state visit, the office of the presidency has announced

Sunday March 6, 2022 9:25 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

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Jerusalem: Israeli President Isaac Herzog will travel to Turkey next week for a state visit, the office of the presidency has announced.

At the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Herzog will be in Ankara and Istanbul for two days. It would be the first Israeli president to visit Turkey since 2003, Xinhua news agency reported.

Erdogan is a vocal critic of Israel.


The two countries' relations began to sour in 2010 when a Turkish-led flotilla attempting to break Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip clashed with Israeli forces, killing 10 Turks on board.

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When Herzog entered office in July 2021, Erdogan phoned to congratulate him. The conversation "led to a resumption of dialogue between Israel and Turkey after a disconnect lasting several years," read the Israeli presidency statement.

According to the statement, the two leaders will "discuss various bilateral issues ... and the potential for expanding cooperation" during the planned visit.

Turkey was the first Muslim nation to recognise Israel and have bilateral ties with the Jewish state. Bilateral ties between the two countries were normalised in 1949 that later grew to the level of cultural, trade, and even defence.

 

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