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Israeli, Turkish leaders to meet at United Nations -Israeli PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the opening of 105 new youth and sports ministry dormitory buildings in Ankara, Turkiye on September 14, 2022. [Emin Sansar - Anadolu Agency]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the opening of 105 new youth and sports ministry dormitory buildings in Ankara, Turkiye on September 14, 2022. [Emin Sansar - Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Lapid's office said on Saturday, Reuters reports.

The meeting marks another milestone for the countries as they work to mend long-strained ties. Both governments expelled ambassadors in 2018 and have often traded barbs over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Last month Turkey and Israel announced they would re-appoint respective ambassadors.

In March Israel's president, whose post is largely ceremonial, travelled to Turkey at Erdogan's invitation, the most senior Israeli visit since 2008. Two months later Turkey's foreign minister visited Israel and the regional powers said they hoped to expand economic ties.

Lapid's office said that while in New York he would also meet the prime minister of Greece.

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