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Israeli, Turkish leaders to meet at UN amid East Mediterranean tensions

The flags of (L to R) Turkey, Israel, and the Israeli army armoured corps fly at the Yad La-Shiryon Tank Museum in Latrun, about 30 kilometres west of Jerusalem, on August 18, 2022. - Israel and Turkey on August 16 announced the resumption of full diplomatic ties following years of strained relations between the Mediterranean nations. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid hailed the step as an "important asset for regional stability and very important economic news for the citizens" of the Jewish state. Lapid h

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid are set to have a landmark meeting in New York tomorrow as the US decision to lift arms embargoes against Cyprus has added a fresh strain in already high-running Eastern Mediterranean tensions.

The two leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, will mark the first of its kind since 2008, after a series of rapprochement steps between Israel and Turkey — the latest of which came today when Israel appointed Irit Lillian, Israel’s charge d’affaires in Ankara since early 2021, as the new ambassador to Turkey. The two countries decided to fully restore their diplomatic ties last month after years of locking horns. Ahead of tomorrow's meeting, Erdogan today met with Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, and other leaders of the American Jewish community. 

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