Published: Sun, August 21, 2016
World | By Carl Welch

Turkey, Israel kiss and make up

Turkey, Israel kiss and make up

Earlier this month, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that all of Ankara's preconditions for normalising ties were met by Tel Aviv.

Turkey's parliament late Friday approved a deal for Israel to pay compensation for victims of the 2010 Mavi Marmara tragedy.

Turkey's parliament approved a reconciliation deal with Israel, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday, paving the way for the two countries to appoint ambassadors and begin putting six years of strife behind them.

The two sides gradually engaged in nearly secret talks to mend relations, and came out announcing the reconciliation deal on June 27.

Relations between the two countries crumbled after Israeli marines stormed a Turkish ship in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, killing 10 Turks on board. "I expect to visit Israel during my next round of worldwide visits".

Nine Turkish activists were killed and another 30 were left injured as a result of the attack.

Ankara did not initially forward the deal to Turkey's parliament, ostensibly because of time pressure after the 15 July attempted putsch by a rogue military faction.

The Israeli Cabinet has already approved the deal.

Israel was quick to give its support to the Turkish government in the aftermath of the coup bid, condemning it while repeating its faith in the reconciliation process between the two countries.

The agreement also involves an easing of the naval blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip allowing Turkey to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians there via Israel´s Ashdod port.

Turkish parliament approves Israel reconciliation deal was posted in World of TheNews International - https://www.thenews.com.pk on August 20, 2016 and was last updated on August 20, 2016. However, he remarked that while partners such as Israel and Russian Federation can see the benefit in reaching a deal with Ankara, there is still mistrust in their relations.

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