The Turkish Foreign Minister said that the soil will restore normal relations as soon as possible.

Xinhuanet Ankara February 9 (Reporter Zheng Jinfa Li Ming) Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu said on the local TV in Turkey on the 9th that Turkey and Israel will resume normalization of relations as soon as possible.

Davutoglu said that the issue of compensation is a very important step. Recently, Turkey and Israel have eliminated many differences in the compensation negotiations and made positive progress. Currently, it is self-sufficient. The closest period to the resumption of bilateral relations between the two countries since the incident. However, Davutoglu did not disclose the specific time for the two countries to resume normal relations.

At the end of May 2010, the Israeli army intercepted the Turkish rescue boat “Blue Marmara” that sailed to the Gaza Strip, killing eight Turks and one Turkish-American. The Turkish side demanded that Israel apologize for the attack and compensate for the loss, but it was rejected by Israel. Turkey subsequently announced that it would reduce its diplomatic relations with Israel to the second-class specifications and suspend all military agreements between the two sides. The relationship between Turkey and Israel has since fallen into a trough. In March last year, after the mediation of US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for the “Blue Marmara” incident. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan accepted the apology of the Israeli Prime Minister on behalf of Turkey.

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