Turkish Ambassador in Washington Namik Tan met US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and several congressmen with Turkey-Israel relations high on agenda.
Democrat and Republican members of the Committee sent invitations to Turkish and Israeli ambassadors for separate meetings in an effort to repair Turkey-Israeli relations following recent developments which escalated tension between the two countries.
During the meeting, Tan explained to U.S. congressmen Turkey's attitude.
On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos raided a humanitarian aid flotilla heading for Gaza, killing nine Turkish nationals one of whom was a U.S. citizen. Turkey said after the attack that it expected Israel to make a formal apology, pay a certain compensation to the families of the victims and to end its blockade over Gaza. After Israel failed to meet its demands, Turkey made a series of decisions including downgrading diplomatic relations to the level of a second-secretary, suspension of military agreements and measures pertaining to freedom of the seas in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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