Turkish FM: We don't need US mediation for Israel crisis

September 17, 2011 21:48

Turkey does not need the United States to act as a mediator in resolving the current crisis with Israel, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday, as reported by AFP.

"We do not need mediation ... for Israel in any way," AFP quoted Davutoglu saying during a televised press conference in the central Turkish province of Konya.

Davutoglu's comments come against the backdrop of recent tensions between Israel and Turkey, after Jerusalem refused to apologize for the raid on the Mavi Marmara in which nine Turks were killed. Consequently, Ankara downgraded their diplomatic relations with Israel earlier this month.

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