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Turkey-Israel continued dialogue ‘mutually useful’: Erdogan

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In cellphone dialog with Israeli counterpart, Isaac Herzog, Turkish president says ‘variations of opinion will be minimised if acted with mutual understanding’.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held a uncommon cellphone dialog along with his Israeli counterpart, Isaac Herzog, saying the continuation of dialogue between the 2 international locations is within the widespread curiosity.

A press release by Turkey’s Communications Directorate mentioned Erdogan, in Thursday’s dialogue, highlighted the importance of the 2 international locations’ relations for the “safety and stability of the Center East” and famous that “variations of opinion will be minimised if acted with mutual understanding in each bilateral and regional points”.

Erdogan additional emphasised the significance of restoring “peace, tolerance, and tradition of coexistence within the area”, in addition to the enhancing of Palestinian-Israeli relations and the resumption of the peace course of.

He additionally mentioned that sustaining talks and dialogue between Turkey and Israel can be “mutually useful”.

A press release by the Israeli presidency mentioned the dialog was carried out in a constructive spirit, including that the 2 leaders agreed to stay in touch.

Israeli couple Mordi and Natali Oknin communicate to the media following their launch after being arrested over espionage fees for allegedly taking images of President Tayyip Erdogan’s residence throughout a visit to Istanbul, Turkey, at their residence in Modiin, Israel, November 18, 2021 [Ammar Awad/REUTERS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY]

The cellphone name got here just a few hours after an Israeli couple held in Turkey for per week on suspicion of espionage was released.

Mordi and Natali Oknin had been arrested for allegedly taking {a photograph} of Erdogan’s residence in Istanbul, state information company Anadolu reported. An Istanbul courtroom had charged them with “political and navy espionage”, in response to Turkish media studies.

An worker tipped off the police after seeing the couple take footage of the residence from the tower’s restaurant, the company mentioned. A Turkish nationwide, who was with the couple, was additionally arrested on fees of political and navy espionage.

The Oknins denied the costs, whereas Israeli Overseas Minister Yair Lapid insisted the couple weren’t workers of any intelligence company.

Erdogan, a vocal supporter of the Palestinian trigger, has frequently accused Israel of “terrorism” towards the Palestinians.

Relations between Turkey and Israel have been strained, particularly since ambassadors had been withdrawn in 2018 after the killing of Palestinian protesters within the besieged Gaza Strip by Israeli forces.