Erdogan visits Egypt 521.
(photo credit: AMR ABDALAH DALSH / REUTERS)
Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt rejected plans to hold a meeting of NATO’s
Mediterranean Dialogue group, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported on Saturday.
Israel is one of the Dialogue group’s seven member-nations.
Mediterranean Dialogue group for Foreign Ministers – which also includes
Algeria, Jordan, Mauritania and Morocco – has not met since 2008, according to
A Turkish official told Hurriyet
that the meetings had not been
held because of political problems between Israel and Arab
Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office had no
News that Turkey was among the countries that nixed the meeting
comes as Jerusalem and Ankara struggle to reestablish diplomatic
Ties between Israel and Turkey were severed in 2010 after the
IDF raided the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara and killed nine Turkish
Last month, at the end of US President Barack Obama’s visit to
Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for the
Turkey, in turn, agreed to reestablish diplomatic
However, it then asked Israel to delay sending a delegation to
Turkey to discuss issues relating to the restoring of diplomatic
The delegation, which had been scheduled to leave for Ankara
at the start of the month, is now scheduled to depart on April 22.