Turkish FM ready to resign if evidence of his secret negotiations with Israel
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 29 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is ready to resign and quit politics if the Turkish opposition is able to prove his secret negotiations and signing of agreements with Israel in Qatar, Davutoglu said in an interview with SKY Türk 360 TV channel.
"Let the opposition prove my secret negotiations and signing of agreements with Israel in Qatar. If they do, then I am ready to resign and quit politics," Davutoglu said.
He stressed that Israel's apology was achieved only with the help of successful diplomacy on Turkey's part and pressure on Israel.
Next week an Israeli delegation will visit Ankara to discuss the issue of compensation to the families of deceased members of 'Freedom Flotilla.
Interception of Freedom Flotilla which comprised of six ships loaded with humanitarian aid bound for Gaza, by Israeli military in May 2010, seriously complicated relations between Israel and Turkey, which earlier closely cooperated both militarily and politically. During the operation, Israeli Special Forces killed nine Turks, all members of the Freedom Flotilla. Turkish authorities demanded Israel officially apologised for the attack and pays compensation to the families of the victims.
The agreement on normalisation of relations between Turkey and Israel was reached last Friday after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, apologised for violations committed during the maritime operation that resulted in the deaths of Turkish citizens.
The government heads agreed to restore normal relations including the return of ambassadors and Turkey's refusal to legally prosecute Israeli servicemen.