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(photo credit: Turkey's President Abdullah Gul makes a speech at )
Turkish President Abdullah Gul decided not to attend an event
in Vienna hosted Saturday by Austrian President Heinz Fischer upon discovering
that Defense Minister Ehud Barak was on the guest list, according to
Turkish news agency Anatolia.
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Fischer held a luncheon for state
leaders and senior ministers that arrived in Vienna to attend the World
Policy Conference. According to the report, instead of attending the
event, Gul decided to visit a local neighborhood where a Turkish
During the security conference, the Anatolia report added, Barak and the Israeli
delegation left the conference hall before Gul delivered his speech.
Additionally, the Turkish president chose not to participate in a group photograph due to Israeli presence.
Israel-Turkey diplomatic relations reached a historic low after the 2010
Gaza flotilla incident, in which nine Turkish nationals were killed
Israeli commandos while attempting to break the naval blockade on Gaza. Turkey has since demanded Israel apologize for the
deaths but Israel maintains the soldiers were acting in self-defense.