Netanyahu and Erdogan
Netanyahu and ErdoganReuters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will depart next Friday for a diplomatic visit to Turkey, where he will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

An official Turkish announcement said that "the leaders will discuss the bilateral relations between the countries in all dimensions and the steps that will be taken to improve cooperation."

The statement also noted that, three days before Netanyahu's arrival, Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas will visit the country.

Netanyahu and Erdogan spoke on the phone recently, for the first time since 2013, following an attack in Istanbul. In the conversation, the two agreed to open a new page in the relations between the countries and to work together to strengthen relations.

The Prime Minister will arrive in Turkey a few days after meeting with the leaders of Cyprus and Greece in Nicosia. The goal of the move is to clarify that the promotion of relations with Turkey does not come at the expense of relations with the two countries.

Israel and Turkey formally announced last year that they would normalize relations by returning the ambassadors and consuls, after years of tensions.

In December, Israel's Ambassador to Turkey, Irit Lillian, presented her credentials to Erdogan. In March, the new Turkish Ambassador to Israel, Şakir Özkan Torunlar, presented his credentials to President Herzog.