Conditions Ripe for Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Deal, Turkish Official Says

Ruling AKP party spokesperson's comments are latest Turkish comments on ongoing negotiations on Israel-Turkey reconciliation deal.

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Recep Tayyip Erdogan on poster in Turkey after flottila incident
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Barak Ravid

Talks between Israel and Turkey have reached the stage where both sides are prepared to sign a reconciliation deal, Omer Celik, a spokesperson for Turkey's ruling AKP party, said Monday.

The Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reported Monday morning that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during briefings in the Turkish parliament last Wednesday that Turkey insists on lifting the Israeli embargo on Gaza and wants to help Gaza residents, including providing electricity to the strip. On the other hand, he said, the Turkish government's priority is lifting the embargo rather than the blockade and hopes to channel development assistance to rebuild Gaza.

The remarks are the latest comments on positive developments in Israel-Turkey reconciliation talks since Thursday, when the Prime Minister's Office said that progress has been made in Israel-Turkey reconciliation talks during the latest round of negotiations in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Celik said last week that the reconciliation talks with Israel are going well, but emphasized that the sides have not yet achieved a breakthrough. "We have information to the effect that the talks are progressing well, but until we see the practical consequences of the talks we won't be able to say that there's a deal."

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