President sees 'no harm' in secret Turkey-Israel talks

The Turkish president saw on Friday "no harm" in the meeting between Turkish foreign minister and Israeli trade minister.

President sees 'no harm' in secret Turkey-Israel talks

The Turkish president saw on Friday "no harm" in the meeting between Turkish foreign minister and Israeli trade minister.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul said he saw no harm in the meeting of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Benjamin Ben Eliezer as such a demand was made to Turkey.

"Foreign ministers can meet even during war time if required," Gul told reporters.

Davutoglu met with Eliezer in Brussels on Wednesday. The Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday that his meeting with Ben Eliezer took place upon a request by the Israeli side.

Gul said there was a serious problem between Turkey and Israel, and it had to be solved.

Turkey had expectations, and what was important was what was taken up during the meeting, Gul also said.

On Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin said that the two ministers discussed the current status of Turkish-Israeli relations following May 31 Israeli raid on ships carrying aid to Gaza and the future of such relations.

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

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.


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