On July 28, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Turkey and meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This meeting comes shortly after a visit to Turkey by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, as announced by the president’s office on Thursday.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will welcome the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Turkey in the course of the same week,” said the statement, issued late Thursday.
Abbas is due in Turkey on Tuesday, with Netanyahu arriving three days later, said the statement.
Netanyahu’s office confirmed the visit, the first by an Israeli prime minister to Turkey since 2008.
The talks will be on Turkish-Palestinian relations and the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as other international issues, it added.
After several years of tension between the two countries, relations between Turkey and Israel have improved over the past year, with several high-level visits, including that of Israel’s President Isaac Herzog.
In April, however, Turkey condemned clashes that erupted inside the flashpoint al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli police fought with Palestinians inside Jerusalem’s holy site.