Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan has said that Turkey recalled its chief commercial counsellor from Israel.
The counselors at the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv have returned to Turkey after Turkey downgraded its diplomatic relations with Israel to the level of second secretary.
Counselors Ceylan Ozen, Burc Ceylan, Olgun Yucekok and Fulya Yucekok returned to Turkey on Wednesday.
Caglayan said at a meeting with a delegation from the Independent Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD), "we are going to carry out our commercial relations with Israel in the level of counsellor. But there is not an interruption in our commercial relations."
"Actually, Israel has lost one of its good commercial partners," he said.
"Israeli investors and Israeli people are concerned about these developments on behalf of their government. Turkey does not have any problems with Israeli people. The problem is the Israeli government itself and its wrongful attitude. Many countries including USA condemned the raid. Killing of nine innocent people cannot be justified," he said.
Ozen told reporters at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, "Israeli public opinion has different points of view about the crisis between Turkey and Israel. I hope that Israeli public opinion will understand what has happened."
Turkey decided to downgrade its diplomatic relations with Israel to the level of second secretary after Israel did not accept to apologize for a raid on an aid flotilla which resulted in killing of nine Turkish people.
AALast Mod: 08 Eylül 2011, 11:31