Top Turkish officials visit Israel ahead of Herzog visit
Isaac Herzog is expected to arrive in Turkey in the beginning of March
A delegation of senior Turkish officials arrived in Israel on Thursday, according to a joint press release by Israel’s Foreign Ministry and President’s Office.
Spokesperson and Senior Adviser to the Turkish President İbrahim Kalın and Deputy Foreign Minister Sadat Onal met with the director-generals of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Alon Ushpiz, and President’s Office, Eyal Shviki.
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog is due to visit Ankara in March, and meetings held at the President's Residence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dealing with coordination and preparations ahead of the trip.
The officials also discussed the current state of the region and bilateral ties between Israel and Turkey.
The delegates agreed that improved ties will contribute to regional stability, the press release said.
Ushpiz reportedly visited Turkey in January as both countries make an effort to thaw ties that soured in recent years. In 2018, Turkey and Israel kicked out each other's ambassadors.
Despite the rift between the countries, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made strides in showing Israel he wants better relations, reportedly collaborating with Israel's Mossad to thwart terrorist attacks in Turkey against Israelis.
The Turkish envoys are also expected to meet with Palestinian Authority officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas.