An apology and $20 mn: Turkish PM says Israel agrees to terms for 2010 raid

  • AFP, Ankara
  • Updated: Jun 27, 2016 19:32 IST
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addresses the media in Ankara. (Reuters)

A breakthrough Israel-Turkey deal following six years of acrimony will see Israel pay $20 million (18.14 million euros) in compensation for a deadly 2010 commando raid, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Monday.

The deal will also see the two countries exchange ambassadors “as soon as possible,” Yildirim told a press conference in Ankara.

Both sides have been seeking a deal for months in negotiations held in third countries.

Israel has agreed to comply with two key Turkish conditions for a restoration in ties -- an apology for the commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, which killed 10 Turkish activists, and compensation.

The deal will allow Turkey to deliver aid to Palestinians living in the Hamas-run territory, Yildirim said.

“To this end, our first ship loaded with over 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid will leave for Israel’s Ashdod port on Friday,” he said.

After the deal is signed on Tuesday, the approval process will start on both countries and the Turkish premier said Ankara would appoint an ambassador to Tel Aviv within weeks.

Asked about a reported Turkish commitment to help prevent Hamas attacks against Israel, Yildirim said: “This is not a ceasefire deal. We reached an agreement with Israel to normalise relations.”

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