Israeli, Turkish leaders to meet at United Nations

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JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, according to Lapid’s office.

The meeting is another milestone in the countries’ efforts to repair long-strained ties. In 2018, both countries withdrew diplomats and frequently spat barbs over the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Turkey and Israel announced last month that their respective ambassadors would be reappointed.

In March, Israel’s president, whose role is primarily ceremonial, visited Turkey at Erdogan’s invitation, making it the most senior Israeli visit since 2008. Two months later, Turkey’s foreign minister paid a visit to Israel, and the regional countries expressed their desire to strengthen commercial ties.

According to Lapid’s office, he will also meet with Greece’s Prime Minister while in New York.

Source: Reuters

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