(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s media adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today (Wednesday), 25.7.07, telephoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and congratulated him on his party’s victory in Turkey’s recent parliamentary elections.

Prime Minister Olmert invited his Turkish counterpart to visit Israel. The two men agreed to continue advancing bilateral relations.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan thanked Prime Minister Olmert and said that Turkey would work to advance bilateral relations and would assist the diplomatic process between Israel and its neighbors.  He also asked Prime Minister Olmert to convey his congratulations to President Shimon Peres and wished the latter success in his new post.