ANKARA, Turkey — US Senator John Kerry says Turkey and Israel must overcome tensions and work toward returning ties to normal.
Kerry, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says improved ties between the two former allies would also help Israel's peace efforts with Syria and Lebanon.
Kerry was in Ankara on Tuesday as part of a wider Middle Eastern tour that will also take him to Israel.
Kerry said: "It is important that Turkey and Israel renew relations and go back to the way they were."
Israel and Turkey built strong military and economic ties over the past 15 years.