Israeli president thanks Turkey for counterterrorism efforts

Israel thanked Turkey for the country’s efforts in the fight against terrorism, the Communications Directorate in the capital Ankara said on Sunday.

The Directorate added that Israeli President Isaac Herzog expressed his thanks during a phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier in the day. They also discussed Turkey-Israel relations and regional issues.

The two leaders “agreed to maintain cooperation for peace and stability as well as dialogue in the relations between the two countries and regional issues, including security and the fight against terrorism”, the Directorate said in a statement. communicated.

The call follows warnings and counter-warnings issued by both countries about potential threats to Israeli lives in Turkey and Istanbul, in particular.

Earlier on June 13, Israel urged its citizens to avoid Istanbul or return home if they are already there, reinforcing a May 30 advisory against travel to Turkey over what it said was a threat Iranian attempts to kill or kidnap Israelis on vacation.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said a “tremendous effort” by Israeli security forces had saved “Israeli lives in recent weeks” and thanked the Turkish government for its contribution.

Turkey, however, rejected the Israeli warning, saying the country was safe to travel.

The Foreign Office issued an indirect response that did not mention Israel, instead noting that “some countries” had issued travel warnings.

Turkey “is a safe country and continues to fight terrorism,” the ministry said in a statement.

Lapid visiting Turkey

Separately, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed on Sunday that Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will visit Ankara on June 23.

Lapid will participate in a series of meetings on bilateral relations and other regional issues during his visit.

Turkey and Israel are also expected to discuss the mutual appointment of ambassadors.

Restoring Relationships

Israel and Turkey are working to reset their relationship after years of strained relations.

As part of the new approach, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu toured Israel early last month, the first official visit to the country by a Turkish foreign minister in 15 years.

During the visit, Minister Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey and Israel demonstrated a “common will” to improve relations in all areas.

“Even though there were difficult days, we decided to continue our relationship,” he said.

Earlier in March, Herzog visited Ankara and met with President Erdoğan.

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