Turkey confirms Turkish FM's meeting with Israeli minister

21:39, July 01, 2010      

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Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Burak Ozugergin confirmed on Thursday reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had had a meeting with Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Binyamin Ben Eliezer in Brussels, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Ozugergin was quoted as saying at Ankara's Esenboga International Airport, "Davutoglu did have a meeting with Eliezer. It was the Israeli side that requested such a meeting in Brussels".

The two ministers discussed the current status of Turkish- Israeli relations following Israel's attack on ships carrying aid materials to Gaza on May 31 and the future of such relations, Ozugergin said.

Davutoglu reminded Eliezer of Turkey's expectations from Israel like an apology, payment of compensation to the families of those killed and those wounded on May 31, establishment of an international commission to study the attack on May 31 and the end to the blockade in Gaza, Ozugergin said.

Eliezer assured Davutoglu that Turkey's demands would be conveyed to the Israeli government, Ozugergin added.

On Tuesday, Ozugergin verified that Turkey had turned down a request by Israel to use Turkish airspace, saying, "Civilian flights continue unless they are barred. With regard to military flights, the normal procedure is that for each flight, countries, must ask for permission to use Turkish airspace. It is evaluated on a case-by-case basis."



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