Israel's Barak in Turkey for talks after 'low chair' crisis

Erdogan and Gul, will not meet the Israeli minister, citing programmes outside Ankara.

Israel's Barak in Turkey for talks after 'low chair' crisis

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak arrived in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday to hold formal talks.

Barak will have meetings with Turkish National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Barak's visit comes after a diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel caused by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's insult to Turkish ambassador in Tel Aviv Oguz Celikkol.

Ayalon who summoned Celikkol 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, denying him an handshake in front of the press.

Ayalon's snub violating all diplomatic manners drew strong reaction from Turkish officials, and strained relations to the point of breaking.

The diplomatic crisis ended when Israel apologised with a letter after repeated calls from Turkey which warned otherwise that it would withdraw its ambassador.

The talks were to focus on arms deals, Israeli public radio reported.

Turkish officials are currently in Israel to test unmanned aircraft that Israeli companies have manufactured for Turkey's army under a joint 183-million-dollar project, long delayed.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul, will not meet the Israeli minister, citing programmes outside Ankara.


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