Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 31
By Orkhan Guluzade – Trend:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a compensation payment agreement by Israel to Turkey for the Freedom Flotilla incident, Haber 7 newspaper reported Aug. 31.
This agreement was previously ratified by the Grand National Assembly (Parliament, TBMM) of Turkey, according to the newspaper.
Previously, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that Israel will pay Turkey a compensation of $20 million for the Freedom Flotilla incident. Also, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said earlier Israel accepted all the conditions of Turkey for repairing relations. He said Israel also agreed to end the blockade of the Gaza Strip with Turkey’s mediation.
Turkey signed an agreement with Israel on repairing the relations June 28.
Relations between Israel and Turkey deteriorated after the Freedom Flotilla incident in 2010, when a convoy of six ships, including one flying 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 as a result.
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