ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey's foreign minister on Saturday said that the country wants improved ties with Israel but it must apologize and offer compensation for its deadly raid on a Gaza Strip-bound aid flotilla.
Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters that "We have the intention of making peace with Israel."He accused the Israeli government of not reciprocating Turkish overtures and says "nothing can cover up" the killing of Turkish citizens. The Israeli raid on the flotilla killed nine activists in May.
Davutoglu says "we want to both preserve relations and defend our rights." He spoke on the eve of the return of the raided Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, to Istanbul. Pro-Islamic groups are preparing to welcome the ship in a ceremony on Sunday.