Face-to-face discussions between the leaders of Israel and Turkey were held for the first time since 2008 as relations between the two nations became closer. According to a statement from Lapid’s office, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Tuesday outside of the UN General Assembly. Relations between Israel and Turkey, which had previously been chilly due to disagreements over the Palestinian problem, have thawed up recently, with energy emerging as a potential focal point of collaboration.
In August, the two nations formally reestablished full diplomatic ties, which included an ambassadorial exchange. In addition to talking about energy, Lapid thanked Erdogan for sharing intelligence with both countries and brought up Israel’s demand for the return of four of its citizens, including two soldiers, who have been missing in the blockaded Gaza Strip since a 2014 war, according to a statement from Lapid’s office on Tuesday.
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