Biden Calls Netanyahu to Discuss Israel-Turkey Rapprochement

Senior Israeli officials say Biden, who met with Netanyahu in Davos last week, relayed messages from Israel to Ankara.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meet in New Orleans, November 7, 2010.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meet in New Orleans, November 7, 2010.Credit: Reuters / Lee Celano
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to discuss diplomatic efforts to reach a rapprochement agreement between Israel and Turkey, the White House said in a statement Friday.

A senior Israeli official noted that during their talk Biden briefed Netanyahu on the outcome of talks he held in Ankara during a recent visit. The issue of Israel had arisen during talks the vice president's held with Turkish officials.

Netanyahu met with Biden last week in on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. One of the central issues their meeting focused on was Israel's reconciliation talks with Turkey. From Davos, Biden flew to Turkey, relaying messages from Netanyahu.

The White House said that another issue discussed between Netanyahu and Biden was the tripartite meeting on Thursday in Nicosia between the leaders of Israel, Greece and Cyprus concerning the development of offshore gas fields in the Mediterranean. Following the talk with Netanyahu, Biden phoned the Cypriot president to discuss the matter, the White House added.

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