Turkish delegation to visit Israel for compensation talksSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 02/05/2013 5:08 am in World / no comments
ANKARA, April 30 — A Turkish delegation is planning to visit Israel next week for the second round of compensation talks as part of normalization between the two former allies.
Headed by Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu, the delegation will be the first high-level visit since the deadly raid by Israel that killed nine Turkish pro- Palestinian activists on a Turkish aid-flotilla in 2010.
The first round of compensation talks took place in Ankara last week and the two sides agreed on basic principles of a possible agreement, according to Turkish diplomatic sources.
The relations between Turkey and Israel worsened due to the attack, but improvement has been seen after the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which was brokered by the U.S. President Barack Obama in March.
Apology and compensation, along with Israel’s easing embargo to Gaza Strip consist of Turkey’s core conditions for normalizing ties between the two countries.