Turkey's Foreign Minister: Reconciliation Efforts With Israel Close to Completion

President Erdogan convened cabinet meeting last week to discuss reconciliation with Israel, Turkish daily reports.

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Despite its highs and lows, Israel values relations with Turkey far more than those with Armenia: A billboard celebrating Netanyahu's 2013 apology to Erdogan for the Mavi Marmara affair
Despite its highs and lows, Israel values relations with Turkey far more than those with Armenia: A billboard celebrating Netanyahu's 2013 apology to Erdogan for the Mavi Marmara affairCredit: AP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened a cabinet meeting last week to discuss reconciliation with Israel, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported Monday.

According to the report, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during the February 22 meeting that the normalization efforts between Israel and Turkey were close to being completed and that the two countries are expected to make a joint statement "in the coming days."

The nine-hour meeting also dealt with Ankara's ties with Egypt as well as the Syrian conflict, the report said. 

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

Celik's remarks came a few days after the Israeli Prime Minister's Office said that progress has been made in the reconciliation efforts during the latest round of negotiations in Zurich, Switzerland.

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