Eli Yishai invited to Turkey, not ruling out visit

September 13, 2011 11:11


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A delegation representing an influential Turkish sheikh arrived Monday in Israel to meet with Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Army Radio reported. They offered to open talks between religious channels in order to resolve the dispute between the countries.

The Turkish envoys arrived in  Jerusalem on behalf of  Sheikh Adnan Aoktr, who is considered close to Erdogan.  Accompanied by the Jewish community Rabbi in Turkey, Abraham Haim, they met with Yishai, and sought to resume political dialogue between the two countries through the inter-religious channel that bypasses other divisions. The emissaries even invited Yishai to visit Turkey.

Army Radio reported that Yishai did not reply negatively to the request, but said that he supports discourse with Turkey and appreciates the strategic alliance and bilateral cooperation. Yishai stated that he supports the IDF soldiers that were on the flotilla, and that in internal discussions objected to  apologizing to the  Turks and inquired whether he would be asked to apologize on behalf of the Israeli government during his potential visit to Ankara.

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