FM: Turkey ‘Very Close’ to Normalizing Ties With Israel

ANKARA (Reuters) -
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gestures during a news briefing in Tbilisi, Georgia, February 17, 2016. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

Turkey is one or two meetings away from normalizing ties with Israel and it is important that Israel lifts obstacles against aid for Palestine and Gaza, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

Cavusoglu made the comments in an interview with state broadcaster TRT Haber. The former Israel allies have been at loggerheads since Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish ship in an aid flotilla to Gaza, killing 10 Turks. However, Israel has ruled out ending a sea and air blockade of the Palestinian territory.