Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Israel, Turkey 'very close' to appointing ambassadors: Turkish media

Israel and Turkey are "very close" to appointing ambassadors, Turkey's Haberturk TV reported Tuesday.

"We are very close to appointing representatives", the spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with Haberturk.

In June, Turkey and Israel signed a deal to restore their ties which hit an all-time low after the 2010 raid by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship that left 10 Turks dead.

Israeli cabinet ministers approved the deal shortly after, leaving Ankara to make the final ratification step in August.

Israel paid Turkey $20 million in compensation for the deadly storming of the aid ship at the end of September. Turkish diplomatic sources confirmed the payment to the state-run Anadolu news agency on September 30.

The Turkish government is due to pass on the compensation money to the families of the victims in due course.

The agreement also saw Israel ease the naval blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza, allowing Ankara to deliver humanitarian aid for Palestinians there.

A final key element is the exchange of ambassadors, who were pulled out of Ankara and Tel Aviv in the wake of the crisis even though diplomatic ties were never fully severed.

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