US Gates 'worried' over Turkey-Israel ties

Gates said he was "worried" relations between Turkey and Israel could take a turn for the worse.

US Gates 'worried' over Turkey-Israel ties

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he was "worried" relations between Turkey and Israel could take a turn for the worse.

Nine people, including eight Turkish and one U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, died when Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31. Around 30 people were wounded in the attack.

Gates who is visiting England said Wednesday in London that he was worried straining of relations between Turkey and Israel could have a "negative impact" on the stability of the region. He said he hoped relations between the two countries would "be restored in time".

Gates said the reluctance of EU to enhance ties with Turkey pushed Ankara to the East.

The Turkish minister had defined the Israeli attack on aid flotilla as a problem between Israel and international community and international law, not a problem between Turkey and Israel.


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Last Mod: 09 Haziran 2010, 14:06
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