On Sunday night, Recep Tayyip Erdogan received congratulations from Israeli President Isaac Herzog for winning the Turkish presidential election.
“Congratulations to Turkish President @RTErdogan on winning the election. I am certain that we will continue to collaborate to develop and improve the positive relationships between Israel and Turkey,” Herzog tweeted.
Erdogan won the runoff election over rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu, prolonging his two-decade reign as president of Turkey.
U.S. In a similar manner, President Joe Biden tweeted: “Congratulations to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his reelection.
I am looking forward to our continued cooperation as NATO allies on regional and international problems.
The restoration of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey was announced last August, with Yair Lapid, the Israeli prime minister at the time, stating that the action will “contribute to deepening ties between the two peoples, expanding economic, trade, and cultural ties, and strengthening regional stability.” Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, the ambassador of Ankara to Israel, presented his credentials to Herzog in January.
Irit Lillian, the Israeli ambassador to Turkey, handed Erdogan her credentials the month before, filling a position that had been unfilled for four years.
In the midst of clashes between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinians along the Gaza border, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and withdrew its own.
Herzog began the first legitimate visit to the nation by an Israeli leader since 2008 in March. He went straight to the Ankara Presidential Complex, where he spent several hours with Erdogan.
“I think that the relationship between Turkey and Israel will change as a result of this historic visit.
For our nation, improving ties with the State of Israel is very important, according to Erdogan.
“I think the future will bring new opportunities for both regional and bilateral cooperation,” Herzog continued.
I’m hoping that this significant visit, which has been delayed for a long time, will open up possibilities for future collaborations.
In the wake of Erdogan’s ascent to power as a backer of Hamas and a fervent opponent of Israel’s policies, once-warm relations quickly deteriorated.