Turkey refuses joint energy policy with Israel

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Turkey will not co-operate with Israel on energy policy while it is attacking Gaza, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz has said, Anadolu Agency reported.

Speaking at a press conference in Ankara on Monday, Yildiz said any proposal for a natural gas pipeline between Israel and Europe, via Turkey, could not go ahead for political reasons.

Yildiz added: "Now there is an unjust situation in Gaza but if the attacks stop, Turkey could discuss energy with Israel."

Turkey's diplomatic relations with Israel were reduced following the 2010 Israeli attack on a Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza in which ten activists were killed.

Speaking at the same meeting, Maltese Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said the international community and Malta felt sympathy with Gaza.

He said Palestine's energy shortage had been discussed by European Union energy ministers last month.

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