Erdogan says Turkish-Israel Relations Important for Middle East Security

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a conversation with his Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog termed relations between the two countries important for the security and stability of the Middle East.

The phone conversation made on Thursday, in which Erdogan told Herzog that the continuation of contact and dialogue between Turkey and Israel was in their “mutual interest”, according to a statement from the Turkish Communications Directorate.

“Disagreements could be reduced to a minimum if both sides acted in mutual understanding in terms of bilateral and regional issues,” the Turkish president told his Israeli counterpart, the statement added.

The development came a few hours after an Israeli couple held in Turkey on suspicion of espionage, were released.

Mordi and Natali Oknin, who were detained last week for allegedly taking a photograph of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s home in Istanbul, were released.

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