By Martin Chomsky

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey and Israel could work together to transport natural gas from Israel to Europe; the two countries will discuss energy cooperation at talks next month, Reuters reported on Friday.

According to commentators, Turkey is working to repair its relations with Israel as part of a diplomatic effort launched in 2020. After years of hostility, Erdogan announced on Thursday that Israeli President Yitzhak Herzog would visit Turkey in mid-March.

Erdogan held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Benet in November 2021. It was the first conversation that leaders of Turkey and Israel had had in years.

Speaking to reporters on his return flight from Kiev, where he met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Erdogan said energy cooperation would be on the agenda during Herzog’s visit. He added that Ankara is also in talks to sign a natural gas supply agreement with Iraq.