Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a two-day visit to Israel aimed at shoring up the strong military and trade relations between the two countries. A $400 million deal is in the works, in which Israel would upgrade 30 of Turkey's F-4 Phantom jet fighters. Israel welcomes Erdogan’s visit because it shows that the Jewish state can enjoy warm ties with a Moslem country. Erdogan meets today with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and tomorrow he will travel to Ramallah for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. "In our meetings with the sides, we will remind them of our readiness to mediate or host conferences in our country," Erdogan said. "I hope our contacts will help carry our relations with both Palestine and Israel to new frontiers."
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