Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday reiterated his demand that Israel should issue an official apology and pay compensation for killing Turkish nationals when intercepting a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May, dpa reported.
The six ships were en route to Gaza when they were stopped by Israeli forces on May 31. Nine activists, eight of them Turkish nationals, were killed in the clash.
The incident soured Turkey's relations with Israel.
"Unless Israel pays compensation and seeks an apology, peace cannot be restored in the Middle East and Israel will remain alone," Erdogan said.
Erdogan, who arrived in Pakistan Tuesday on a two-day visit to express sympathy for recent devastating floods, was addressing a gathering in Multan, one of the worst hit districts.
The worst floods in Pakistan's history killed hundreds of people and Turkey has played an important role in relief and rehabilitation activities.
Pledging support for the victims, Erdogan said he was visiting the area to see the devastation. "We will not show progress just on paper but will do real work for the people displaced by floods," he said.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani expressed gratitude for Turkey's support. The country raised 200 million dollars, including around 126 million dollars donated by the business community and private individuals.
Erdogan discussed bilateral issues with Gilani and also met with President Asif Ali Zardai.