Israel’s President Isaac Herzog and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered joint statements celebrating Herzog’s exceptional visit this afternoon in Ankara. The two met at the presidential palace in Ankara, where there will be a state dinner for Herzog and his wife tonight.
The two leaders reportedly met for an hour and a half, discussing a variety of issues including mechanisms to mediate diplomatic disagreements and joint working groups for cooperation. They also discussed the presence of Hamas in Turkey, the release last November of two Israeli tourists in Istanbul (in which Erdogan was engaged personally) and the status of their respective diplomatic missions, which have operated without ambassadors since 2018. No mention was made of their return.