Turkish ambassador meets US congressmen

During the meeting, Tan explained to U.S. congressmen Turkey's attitude.

Turkish ambassador meets US congressmen

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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