Turkey's Gul to visit Jerusalem, Israel says

Turkish President Gul will visit Israel, a statement by Israeli President Peres's office said.

Turkey's Gul to visit Jerusalem, Israel says

Turkish President Abdullah Gul will visit Israel, a statement by Israeli President Shimon Peres's office said on Friday.

The two leaders met at the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen on Friday and the statement, issued in Jerusalem, said they had resolved "to restore Israel-Turkey relations to their stable, positive past". It did not say when the visit might take place.

Relations between the two regional powers have soured since Israel launched an three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing 1434 Palestinians, a third of them children, last December.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly criticised the Israeli war, even having a public shouting match with Peres during a panel discussion in Switzerland in January.

Last month Erdogan singled out Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to trust Ankara in Turkey's peace mediation efforts with Syria, unlike his predecessor Ehud Olmert.

Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, last year facilitated contacts that focused on Syrian demands for a full Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights -- which Israel captured in 1967 and annexed --.

Reuters

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