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Israeli president’s visit to be turning point in ties: Erdogan

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he believed his Israeli counterpart’s visit will be a turning point in long-strained relations between the regional powers, and that Ankara was ready for cooperate in the energy sector.

He was speaking after talks with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, who was in Ankara for the first such trip by an Israeli leader since 2008, a British wire service reported. The rivals are seeking to cool years of animosity, primarily over Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and Ankara’s support for the Hamas governing Gaza.

“I believe this historic visit will be a new turning point in Turkey-Israel relations. Our mutual goal is to revive the political dialogue” on the basis of mutual interests, Erdogan told a news conference at the presidential palace.

“I think this is an opportunity to revive the cooperation on the topic of energy that began before,” he added, referring to the activities of Turkey’s drilling and seismic ships in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Erdogan has said previously the two countries could work together to carry Israeli natural gas to Europe, reviving an idea first discussed more than 20 years ago.

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1 comment

Mohammad Siddique March 25, 2022 at 6:26 pm

It is an old news. Why it is on the front page?

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