Israel's Netanyahu announces reconciliation deal with Turkey

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday a reconciliation deal with Turkey to bring stability to the region, and said the two sides are discussing exchanging ambassadors after a six-year diplomatic rift.

"The world is in turmoil. The Middle East is in turmoil. And my goal as prime minister is to create focus points of stability in this volatile and stormy region," Netanyahu said.

"We are two large powers in the region and the break between us didn't benefit either of our mutual interests," he continued.

Ties between the two ruptured in 2010, when Israeli naval commandos raided an aid flotilla as it headed to the Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish nationals were killed.

Under the deal sealed in Rome, Israel met Turkey's demand to compensate the families. Ankara, in turn, will drop criminal charges against Israeli troops.

Turkey will also be allowed to deliver aid to Gaza and invest in infrastructure projects.

Last update: Mon, 27/06/2016 - 12:57
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