JARUSALEM: A high-level Turkish delegation has reached Israel to meet with officials ahead of a visit expected next month by Israel’s president to Turkey.
A Turkish mission led by Ibrahim Kalin, presidential spokesperson and senior adviser to the president, held meetings with Foreign Ministry Director General Alon Ushpiz and Eyal Shuiki, the Israeli president’s director general, said an Israeli press release.
The statement said that the parties discussed preparations for the visit of Israeli President Isaac Herzog to Turkey, bilateral ties between the two countries, as well as various regional issues.
The Turkish delegation’s visit to Israel came a day after a visit to the occupied Palestinian territories, where they met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian officials.
The Turkish delegation began a two-day visit to Palestine and Israel on Wednesday.
In steps towards a thaw in relations with Israel, Turkish officials have stressed that Turkey’s support for the Palestinian cause and a two-state solution remains as strong as ever.
The trip comes ahead of an expected visit to Turkey by Israeli President Isaac Herzog in March, as recently announced by Turkey’sPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan.