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Turkish FM: Ankara-Jerusalem Reconciliation Deal Likely to Be Signed in Coming Week

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said a  reconciliation agreement between Turkey and Israel will likely be signed before September. Photo: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Wikimedia Commons.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Photo: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Wikimedia Commons. – Turkey and Israel are expected to finally sign a reconciliation deal before September, the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday.

“I think we will finalize the issue before parliament’s recess. Israel has met our terms, paving the way to normalize ties. Therefore, we must do this as soon as possible,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Wednesday.

Conditions of the agreement to restore diplomatic relations were met by both countries last month following a six-year breach in relations, but finalization of the deal was delayed by a failed coup attempt by a faction in the Turkish Armed Forces.

Turkish-Israeli ties broke down in 2010 when nine Turkish militants were killed in clashes after they had attacked Israeli commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmara ship that was attempting to breach the blockade on Gaza.

As part of the new reconciliation deal, Israel agreed to give $20 million in compensation for the families of the Gaza flotilla incident.

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