Israeli PM Bennett May Soon Visit Turkey, Erdogan Says

Israeli sources say that no visit has been planned for the time being

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog (L) stands next to his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan after a press conference in Ankara, on March 9, 2022.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog (L) stands next to his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan after a press conference in Ankara, on March 9, 2022.Credit: STR / AFP

Natural gas cooperation is among the most important steps Turkey and Israel can take amid a bid to repair ties and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett could visit Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited as saying on Friday.

“In this process, Israeli Prime Minister Bennett may come as well. With his arrival too, there may be a chance to start a new era in Turkey-Israel ties,” Erdogan told reporters on a return flight from a NATO summit in Brussels.

At the present time, there are no concrete plans for Bennett to visit Turkey, an Israeli source said in response.

“One of the most important steps we can take together for bilateral ties, I believe, would be natural gas,” he added, and said details of the cooperation would be discussed later during a visit by his foreign and energy ministers to Israel.

Earlier in March, Erdogan said he believed Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s visit to Turkey would be a turning point in long-strained relations between the regional powers, and that Ankara was ready for cooperating in the energy sector.

“In this process, Israeli Prime Minister Bennett may come as well. With his arrival too, there may be a chance to start a new era in Turkey-Israel ties,” Erdogan told reporters on a return flight from a NATO summit in Brussels.

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