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.

ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid
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A billboard with photos of Netanyahu and his Turkish counterpart Erdogan, celebrating Israel's apology, in Ankara, March 25, 2013.Credit: AP
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

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.