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Turkish President speaks with Israeli counterpart over phone

ANKARA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 09: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during an opening ceremony of Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) additional service building and power plants after completion of constructions in Ankara, Turkey on November 09, 2021. ( Doğukan Keskinkılıç - Anadolu Agency )
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey on 9 November 2021 [Doğukan Keskinkılıç/Anadolu Agency]

The Turkish President, on Thursday, held a phone conversation with his Israeli counterpart, discussing Turkey-Israel ties and regional issues, Anadolu News Agency reports.

According to a statement by Turkey's Communications Directorate, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his talk with Isaac Herzog, stressed the significance of Turkey-Israel relations for the "security and stability of the Middle East," adding that "differences of opinion can be minimised if acted with mutual understanding in both bilateral and regional issues."

Emphasising the importance of restoring "peace, tolerance, and culture of coexistence in the region," Erdogan said enhancing Palestinian-Israeli relations and resumption of the peace process are priorities.

He also noted that maintaining talks and dialogue between Turkey and Israel would be "mutually beneficial."

According to a statement by the Israeli Presidency, the phone call between Erdogan and Herzog was conducted in a positive spirit.

Herzog said he welcomes a comprehensive dialogue with Turkey on bilateral and regional issues related to peace, the statement said.​​​​​​​

The two leaders agreed to remain in contact, it added.

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