Secret Turkey-Israel meeting confirmed

Turkey confirmed reports that Turkish FM Davutoglu had had a secret talk with Israeli Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer in Brussels.

Secret Turkey-Israel meeting confirmed

 Turkey confirmed reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had had a secret talk with Israeli Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer in Brussels to discuss ways of resolving the crisis after deadly aid attack.

Israeli troops brutally killed 9 Turkish activists in the Mavi Marmara ship which Turkey still awaits Israel to return. There has been widespread public outrage in Turkey over Israel's murders of citizens.

Spokesman for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Burak Ozugergin, confirmed on Thursday reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had had a meeting with Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Binyamin Ben Eliezer in Brussels.

Speaking to reporters at Ankara's Esenboga International Airport, Burak Ozugergin said that "Davutoglu did have a meeting with Eliezer. It was the Israeli side that requested such a meeting in Brussels".

The two ministers discussed the current status of Turkish-Israeli relations following Israel's attack on ships carrying aid materials to Gaza on May 31 and the future of such relations, Ozugergin said.

Minister Davutoglu reminded Eliezer of Turkey's expectations from Israel like an apology, payment of compensation to the families of those killed and those wounded on May 31, establishment of an international commission to study the attack on May 31 and the end to the blockade in Gaza, Ozugergin said.

Minister Eliezer assured Davutoglu that Turkey's demands would be conveyed to the Israeli government, Ozugergin also said.

Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador, cancelled joint military exercises, and called for Israel to end its blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians.

Turkey's often calls on Israel to accept the international probe into the deadly raid.

Israel refused a proposal by U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon for the international investigation.

"Secret talks""

Turkey's news channels said, adding that they agreed to continue the talks at an undisclosed time and location.

Turkey's NTV news channel said the meeting took place in a hotel suite and lasted more than two hours.

Asked about the Channel Two report, Netanyahu's office said in a statement: "Minister Ben-Eliezer informed the prime minister of an offer by a Turkish figure to hold an unofficial meeting. The prime minister saw nothing to prevent such a meeting, as in recent weeks there have been various initiatives for contacts with Turkey."

The meeting between the two ministers stirred trouble in Israel. It transpired that the meeting in Brussels had taken place within the knowledge of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak but that ultra-rightist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman knew nothing about it.

This reportedly infuriated Liebarman causing the confidence between him and Netanyahu to be seriously shaken.


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