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Israeli minister on first Turkey visit since 2010 crisis

An Israeli cabinet minister was visiting Turkey on Thursday on the first such trip since the rupture of relations between the two former allies over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. Environment Minister Amir Peretz is due to attend a UN conference in Istanbul about pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. Ties between Israel and Turkey hit an all-time low in May 2010 when Israeli commandos staged a pre-dawn raid on a flotilla of ships trying to taking aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, killing nine Turks.

Families concerned for two Canadians detained in Cairo, still no word of charges

TORONTO - The families, friends and colleagues of two Canadians arrested in Egypt say they're very concerned about the safety of their loved ones. John Greyson, a Toronto-based filmmaker and York University professor, and Tarek Loubani, a doctor in London, Ont., were in Cairo and on their way to Gaza on Friday when they were arrested by Egyptian police. Loubani's family says the pair's detention "falls short" of Egypt's commitment to democratic values. The men have been held in a Cairo prison for more than 48 hours.

Turkey needs to make move to restore ties with Israel

The road to restore the ties between Israel and Turkey got off to a bad start as a meeting to discuss several critical issues regarding reconciliation had been postponed for 10 days.In addition, on Monday, the families of the Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May 2010 announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apology on March 22 was insufficient and that they would continue to seek legal actions against Israeli officials and military officers whom they argue were responsible for the events on the ship.Israel wanted th

Compensation talks with Israel for Mavi Marmara raid delayed

The arrival of an Israeli delegation to Turkey for talks on compensation for the Mavi Marmara raid by Israel in 2010 was delayed after the families of those killed in the raid and others who were onboard the aid ship said they would not drop their lawsuits against the Israeli soldiers responsible for the raid.Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc stated on Monday that the arrival of the Israeli delegation for talks aimed at working out the compensation issue was postponed to April 21-22.Arinc's announcement came after the passengers who were onboard the Mavi Marmara insi

Israeli PM apologises to Turkey over Gaza flotilla deaths

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologised on Friday to Turkey for errors that might have led to the deaths of nine Turkish activists during a 2010 raid on a boat off the Gaza Strip, his office said in a statement. Netanyahu talked with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan earlier in the day in a telephone call engineered by U.S. President Barack Obama during a visit to Israel, looking to restore badly impaired ties between the two U.S. allies.

Israeli PM apologises to Turkey over Gaza flotilla deaths

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologised on Friday to Turkey for errors that might have led to the deaths of nine Turkish activists during a 2010 raid on a boat off the Gaza Strip, his office said in a statement. Netanyahu talked with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan earlier in the day in a telephone call engineered by U.S. President Barack Obama during a visit to Israel, looking to restore badly impaired ties between the two U.S. allies.

Obama brokers Israel-Turkey rapprochement

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel apologised to Turkey on Friday for killing nine Turkish citizens in a 2010 naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla and the two feuding U.S. allies agreed to normalise relations in a surprise breakthrough announced by U.S. President Barack Obama. The rapprochement could help regional coordination to contain spillover from the Syrian civil war and ease Israel's diplomatic isolation in the Middle East as it faces challenges posed by Iran's nuclear programme.
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