Israeli and Turkish leaders met for the first time
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, a month after the countries announced the restoration of diplomatic ties following years of tensions.
Lapid “brought up the issue of missing and captive Israelis and the importance of bringing them home,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.
The Israeli leader also raised concerns about arch-enemy Iran and “thanked President Erdogan for intelligence cooperation,” his office said.
Turkey in 1949 became the first Muslim-majority nation to recognize Israel.
But relations soured under Erdogan, who has moved away from his country’s secularism since he became paramount leader in 2003. He last met an Israeli prime minister in 2008.