In light of separate conversations US Vice President Joe Biden had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, negotiation teams from Jerusalem and Ankara will meet by mid-February.

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Yesterday evening (Friday), Netanyahu spoke with Biden and as a result of this conversation, Israeli and Turkish negotiation teams will conduct a meeting in order to advance the agreement between the 2 countries. This meeting will take place by mid-February.

Biden called Netanyahu after he met with Erdogan several times and updated the Israeli Prime Minister about the meetings, in which they discussed, among other topics, the reconciliation process between Israel and Turkey. As a result of the conversation between Biden and Netanyahu, an Israeli source claimed that within the next few weeks, Israeli and Turkish negotiation teams are expected to sit down, in an attempt to advance the process. The Israeli team will be headed by Joseph Ciechanover and Mossad Director Yossi Cohen.

Netanyahu spoke about the Israeli-Turkish reconciliation process during a meeting last week with his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras: “We are trying to normalize our relations with Turkey, I don’t know if we will succeed but I believe we will continue to try. We must ensure that Israeli interests will be protected.”