U.S. State Secretary urges Turkey to improve relations with Israel
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.20 / Trend, A.Tagiyeva /
The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Turkey to improve relations with Israel at a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, the "Anadolu" agency reported.
Davutoglu also met with British Foreign Secretary William Hague. The sides discussed the Israeli-Turkish relations, the situation in the Middle East, as well as the Cyprus problem.
Relations between Turkey and Israel -- two strategic and military partners -- worsened after Israeli naval attacks on the "Flotilla of Freedom" carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31. Nine Turks fell victim to a confrontation between Israeli soldiers and international human rights activists on the Turkish ship.
Ankara later demanded that Israel issue an official apology, order an independent international investigation, and pay compensation. However, Tel Aviv stated that it will not apologize. The diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel passed on the secondary level. Moreover, Ankara has frozen its military cooperation with Tel Aviv and recalled its ambassador.