FM: Israel’s apology to Turkey cannot be considered US success

Politics Materials 27 March 2013 11:22 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 27 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /

It is wrong to consider Israel's apology to Turkey for death of nine Turkish citizens, as well as fulfillment of all conditions of Ankara as a success of the United States, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with the Habertürk newspaper.

"Turkish opposition believes that the success of starting normalization of Turkish-Israeli relations fully belongs to the United States. But it is not so. If Turkey had no pressure on the United States, Tel Aviv would not have apologized to Ankara," Davutoglu said.

He said Israel's consent to fulfill Turkey's conditions is, above all, the victory of Turkish diplomacy.

Davutoglu said that in the coming days, an Israeli delegation will visit Turkey to start talks on the payment of compensation to the families of the Turkish citizens killed during the "Freedom Flotilla" operation.

The agreement on the 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 maritime operations that caused the death of Turkish citizens.

As the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister said government heads had agreed to restore normal relations, including the return of the ambassadors and Turkey's refusal of legal prosecution of Israeli servicemen.