Turkey about to conclude a deal with Israel on ‘all issues’: Turkish official

Istanbul: Turkey is about to conclude a deal with Israel on “all issues”, a Turkish official said on Tuesday, a sign the two former allies may be moving toward a compensation agreement for the killing of 10 Turkish activists by Israeli commandos in 2010.

The two countries have stepped up efforts in recent months to restore a relationship that was severely damaged after an Israeli raid on a Turkish boat, the Mavi Marmara, which had been trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Turkey has insisted there can be no normalisation in ties with Israel unless its conditions for ending the Gaza blockade and compensation for the deaths of the activists are met.

Earlier, Omer Celik, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AK Party, said in a live interview on Haber Turk television station: “The point has been reached in the talks at which [an agreement] can be signed.”

Full article: Turkey about to conclude a deal with Israel on ‘all issues’: Turkish official (The Age)

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