Signifying a possible warming up of ties between the two countries, the Israeli PM and Turkish President met for the first time in 14 years on Tuesday.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during the United Nations General Assembly, in New York.
During the brief meet, Lapid said he “commended” the recent restoration of full diplomatic ties between the countries and the appointment this week of a new Israeli ambassador to Turkey. In 2018, Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Israel and ousted Israel’s ambassador after IDF soldiers opened fire on Hamas operatives during a violent protest on the Israel-Gaza border.
Lapid also thanked Erodgan for intelligence cooperation against Iranian attempts to carry out attacks in Turkey and brought up the issue of missing and captive Israelis, his office said. And, the leaders also discussed energy cooperation. Erdogan also expressed an interest in Turkey tapping into Israel’s offshore natural gas fields in the Mediterranean.