Leaders of Israel and Turkey hold first meeting since 2008

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Brussels,
Sep
21:

The
leaders
of
Israel
and
Turkey
met
for
their
first
face-to-
face
talks
in
well
over
a
decade
on
Tuesday.

The
bilateral
dialogue
between
Israeli
Prime
Minister
Yair
Lapid
and
Turkish
President
Recep
Tayyip
Erdogan
took
place
on
the
sidelines
of
the
UN
General
Assembly
in
New
York
City
and
came
a
month
after
the
two
nations
announced
the
restoration
of
diplomatic
relations
following
years
of
tensions.

Leaders of Israel and Turkey hold first meeting since 2008

Lapid
highlighted
Israel’s
demand
for
the
return
of
four
of
its
citizens,
including
two
soldiers,
missing
in
the
Gaza
strip
since
a
war
in
2014,
according
to
a
statement
from
the
Israeli
prime
minister’s
office.

Lapid
“brought
up
the
issue
of
missing
and
captive
Israelis
and
the
importance
of
bringing
them
home,”
the
office
said.

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NATO
member
Turkey
has
maintained
close
relations
with
Hamas

the
Islamist
movement
which
is
the
de
facto
governing
authority
of
the
Gaza
Strip.

Much
of
the
West
views
Hamas
as
a
terrorist
group.
This
group
is
believed
to
be
holding
two
Israeli
civilians.

Israel-Turkey
relations

While
Turkey
was
the
first
Muslim-majority
nation
to
recognize
Israel
in
1949,
ties
deteriorated
under
Erdogan,
who
last
officially
met
an
Israeli
prime
minister
in
2008.

Relations
hit
a
low
in
2010
following
the
deaths
of
10
civilians
after
an
Israeli
raid
on
the
Turkish
Mavi
Marmara
ship.

The
vessel
was
part
of
a
flotilla
attempting
to
breach
a
blockade
by
carrying
aid
into
the
Gaza
Strip.

However,
the
frosty
ties
have
thawed
in
the
last
few
months
and
energy
has
become
a
key
area
of
cooperation.

The
two
nations
are
also
expected
to
exchange
new
envoys
soon.

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In
his
UN
General
Assembly
speech,
Erdogan
reiterated
calls
for
the
establishment
of
a
Palestinian
state
with
East
Jerusalem
as
its
capital.

But
the
Turkish
President
added
that
his
country
was
“determined
to
continue
to
develop
our
relations
with
Israel
for
the
sake
of
the
future,
peace
and
stability
of
not
only
the
region,
but
also
of
Israel,
the
Palestinian
people
and
ours.”

Source: DW

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