Israel sent messages to Ankara over the last two weeks that it is interested in
creating a more “positive dynamic” in its badly strained relationship with
Turkey so the two countries can work together to further common interests,
government officials said Sunday.
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The messages were sent prior to John
Kerry’s maiden trip abroad as US secretary of state, a trip that will take him
to nine countries in 10 days, including Turkey.
It is widely expected
that Kerry will raise the issue of ties with Israel during his talks with
Turkish leaders in Ankara.
The US has long been pressing both Ankara and
Jerusalem to take steps to improve relations that went into a nosedive following
the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.