Netanyahu’s Office Denies Plans for Imminent Meeting with Turkey’s Erdogan

A billboard on a main street by the Ankara municipality to thank Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reads: “ We are grateful to you ” in Ankara, on March 25, 2013, three days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey over the death of nine Turkish citizens …

The Jerusalem Post reports: No meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been set up at the end of the month at the UN, a senior source in the Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday, following a Channel 1 report to the contrary.

The Prime Minister’s Office has not released any list of the leaders Netanyahu plans to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly debate.

Netanyahu is expected to travel to the UN on September 20, speak to the General Assembly on September 22, and return to Israel on September 25. As of yet no meeting has been set up as well with US President Barack Obama, neither in New York nor in Washington.

Channel 1 reported that a Netanyahu-Erdogan meeting, set up through “secret diplomatic channels,” will take place at the UN, and that the meeting was made possible by Erdogan’s recent signing of the reconciliation agreement with Israel that the Turkish parliament ratified late last month. This would be the first meeting between the two leaders.

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