The office of President Recep Tayyip Erdoan said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to travel to Turkey within the next two months, making him the first Israeli leader to do so since 2008.
According to his office, Erdoan intends to travel to the Jewish state in exchange. On October 29, the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic, the Turkish president may commemorate it at the Al-Aqsa mosque at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
Netanyahu was initially extended a state visit invitation by Erdoan in July, but that trip was postponed as the prime minister needed surgery to implant a cardiac pacemaker.
After meeting on the fringes of the UN, Netanyahu and Erdoan were once again invited by Turkey. New York hosts the annual general assembly debate.
The two presidents invited each other to visit Israel and Turkey at their meeting on September 19.
According to a readout from the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu informed Erdoan that “our ties are improving,” and the two men decided to keep advancing their bilateral cooperation in commerce, economics, and energy.
The restoration of full diplomatic relations between Jerusalem and Ankara was announced last summer, with Yair Lapid, the Israeli prime minister at the time, stating that the move will “contribute to deepening ties between the two peoples, expanding economic, trade, and cultural ties, and strengthening regional stability.”