Turkey, Israel sign agreement on normalization of relations (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 28
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey has signed an agreement with Israel on the normalization of relations, CNN Turk TV channel reported June 28.
After the signing of the agreement the sides will appoint ambassadors.
Relations between Israel and Turkey deteriorated after the Freedom Flotilla incident in 2010, when a convoy of six ships, including one under Turkey's flag, tried to approach the Gaza Strip with humanitarian aid and activists on board. The flotilla was blocked and stormed by Israeli forces, with eight Turkish citizens being killed.
Earlier, Turkey’s foreign minister confirmed the secret talks between Ankara and Tel Aviv. He said without negotiations it is difficult to achieve any progress in the normalization of the Turkish-Israeli relations.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Israel should apologize for the Freedom Flotilla incident, pay compensation to the families of those killed and end the blockade of the Gaza Strip.
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