Turkey's Erdogan, Israel's Herzog Call for More Cooperation in Eid al-Fitr Call

The Turkish president extends wishes 'for the well-being and prosperity of the people of Israel' in letter ahead of Israel's Independence Day, Herzog's office says

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, in March.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, in March.Credit: STR / AFP
Jonathan Lis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended his wishes "for the well-being and prosperity of the people of Israel" in a letter sent to Israel's President Isaac Herzog, ahead of Israel's Independence Day this week.

Herzog's office said on Monday that the two leaders spoke over the phone. The Israeli president, who sent the Turkish people holiday greetings for Eid al-Fitr, told Erdogan that they "must keep working in cooperation with each other for the benefit of both nations."

According to Herzog's office, Erdogan alluded to the newly restored ties between Israel and Turkey, writing in his letter: "In the new period in our relations… I sincerely believe that the cooperation between our countries will develop in a way that serves our mutual national interests, as well as regional peace and stability."

In March, Herzog and Erdogan met in Ankara, marking the first official Israeli visit by a statesman in 14 years. In a joint statement at the end of Herzog's trip, Erdogan said that the meeting was "historic and will serve as a turning point in the relations between the two countries."

Prior to the visit, Erdogan had been working to warm relations between the countries. Erdogan publicly stated that he wants to meet with Herzog and strengthen relations. The shift in attitude towards Israel was concurrent with the economic crisis in Turkey. Israeli officials were initially suspicious of Erdogan, who is known for his criticism of Israel and support for Palestinians.

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