Lapid to meet Erdogan at UN General Assembly as Turkey and Israel mend ties

Lapid to meet Erdogan at UN General Assembly as Turkey and Israel mend ties
The Israeli prime minister plans to meet Turkey's president and Jordan's king on Tuesday.
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20 September, 2022
Lapid will meet Middle Eastern leaders in New York on Tuesday [Getty]

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid is expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

Erdogan also told a group of American Jewish leaders on Monday that he is planning to visit Israel, as the two countries repair ties following years of tension.

Although no date for the meeting has been confirmed, it is believed that Erdogan will visit Israel after the November elections there.

Israel appointed a new ambassador to Ankara on Monday. The developments come as both countries move to mend relations following a decade-long rift, related to Israeli abuses against Palestinians and the killing of pro-Palestinian Turkish activists.

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited Turkey in March to meet with Erdogan. Lapid visited in June.

Israeli and Turkey in June officially announced the restoration of full diplomatic relations, including an exchange of ambassadors.

Lapid is also expected to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II in New York, marking the second meeting between the two since he took office as premier in July.

Tensions have simmered between Israel and Jordan since last year due to continued Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and airstrikes on Gaza.