Israel formally apologizes to Turkey for insult to envoy

Israel sent a letter to Turkey apologizing for Ayalon's treatment of Turkish Ambassador Oguz Celikkol.

Israel formally apologizes to Turkey for insult to envoy

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Wednesday Israel sent a letter to Turkey apologizing for Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's treatment of Turkish Ambassador Oguz Celikkol.

President Abdullah Gul had said if Israel's apology did not not come until this evening, the Turkish ambassador would return to Turkey.

Ayalon's snub violating all diplomatic manners drew strong reaction from Turkish officials. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said no one could dare to disrespect a Turkish ambassador, expressing Turkey's expectance from Israel to stick to diplomatic rules.

Gul described deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Ayalon as "a presumptuous man."

Anadolu news agency said, "in his letter, Ayalon said that he conveyed "his respect" to the people of Turkey and that, despite differing opinions on various issues, such issues must be handled via diplomatic channels based on mutual respect."

He said that he had "no intention" to insult Ambassador Celikkol, and apologized for the style of his approach and the way it was received. Ayalon also called on Celikkol to convey his message to the people of Turkey for which they had great respect.

Ayalon, who summoned Celikkol Tuesday to express Israel's uneasiness over a Turkish TV-series showing Israeli agents kidnapping a child, had Celikkol sit at a lower armchair in front of a table with only the Israeli flag on it, refusing to shake his hand in front of the press.


Agencies



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