Turkey, Israel make progress towards deal to restore ties

By REUTERS
April 8, 2016 07:46

ISTANBUL- Turkish and Israeli teams made progress towards finalizing an agreement to mend ties between them in talks in London and agreed a deal will be finalized in the next meeting to be convened very soon, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday.


The ministry said in a statement its undersecretary, Feridun Sinirliolu, the Israeli prime minister's special envoy, Joseph Ciechanover, and acting chairman of the National Security Council, General Jacob Nagel, met in London on Thursday.


Turkey was once Israel's closest regional ally but ties collapsed in 2010 after the Mavi Marmara incident, where 10 Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed by Israeli Marines after violently attempting to breach the Gaza blockade. 


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