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A Turkish delegation will not be in attendance at this year's OECD conference, being held in Jerusalem later this month, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay spoke to reporters on Tuesday and confirmed that Turkey would not be sending representatives to Israel for the conference despite prior plans to the contrary.
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“Regrettable statements have been made. We want tourism to take place, not politics,” Günay was quoted as saying.
Hurriyet described the move as Turkey's first official boycott of Israel in the wake of the Mavi Marmara
raid, in which nine Turkish activists were killed.
The UK has also said it won't be attending
the conference, but told The Jerusalem Post
that the reasons for this were non-political. A Foreign Office spokesman said:“The UK’s opposition to boycotts against Israel is well-known.
The UK will chair a session at the OECD’s meeting of International Data
Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem later this month. The
decision [not to attend the tourism conference] was due to the unavailability of
the relevant delegates.”