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Turkey, Israel Still Discussing Normalization

  • Reuters

FILE - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus gives a statement after a security meeting at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara on January 12, 2016.

FILE - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus gives a statement after a security meeting at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara on January 12, 2016.

Officials from Turkey and Israel are holding more meetings to normalize relations and two out of Ankara's three conditions for reviving ties have been met, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting, Kurtulmus said lifting Israel's embargo on the Gaza Strip was important for normalization. Israel has ruled out ending a sea and air blockade of the Palestinian territory.

It has also sought an official apology and compensation for the bereaved. The erstwhile allies have been at loggerheads since Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish ship in an aid flotilla to Gaza, killing 10 Turks.

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