Israel’s Lapid may meet Erdoğan on sidelines of UN assembly

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid may hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the sidelines of a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the Times of Israel said citing a report by public broadcaster Kan.

Lapid and Erdoğan and among 157 world leaders invited U.N. meetings this month, constituting the first in-person gathering of the assembly since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the newspaper said on Wednesday.

Turkey and Israel are attempting to repair bilateral relations damaged by differences over the Palestinian problem and regional issues including energy policy in the eastern Mediterranean.

Last month, the two countries reinstated full diplomatic ties. Israeli President Isaac Herzog paid a visit to Turkey in March, kickstarting an improvement in relations. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu travelled to Israel in May and Lapid visited Turkey in June when he was foreign minister for talks with Çavuşoğlu. The two governments are planning to convene a conference on the economy and trade relations this autumn.

World leaders are due to address the U.N. Security Council on Sept. 21 on the war in Ukraine during a week of high-level general debates at the U.N. on Sept. 20-26. Topics also include North Africa, minority rights and the elimination of nuclear weapons.

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