Responding to questions about changes in diplomatic relations with Israel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his office is in talks with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and he may visit Turkey soon.
Emphasizing the Israeli side's similar willingness to fully normalize bilateral relations, Erdogan said that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also has a positive approach, Al-Monitor reported.
The Duke declined to comment on this information, but an unnamed Israeli diplomatic source confirmed that the Duke's office is in contact with the Erdogan administration to explore the possibility of a visit. Neither side has given a date.
If it does, the Duke will be the first Israeli president to visit Turkey since Shimon Peres in 2007. Peres arrived in Ankara at that time at the invitation of then Turkish President Abdullah Gul, and took part in a trilateral meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and also met with then Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan.
The last visit to Turkey by a senior Israeli official was in 2017.