Turkey and Israel, which have been at odds since the Mavi Marmara incident, are planning to cooperate in the water industry, an Israeli official has said.
"In 2014, Turkey and Israel are having plans to work together on water. This would be a perfect cooperation over the needs of the two countries," said Niv Morag, manager of the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI), a non-governmental organization promoting Israeli trade relations with overseas companies.
Murat Alpaşa, Turkey trade officer at the Israeli consulate in İstanbul, told Today's Zaman that nine Turkish companies participated in the Water and Wastewater Management Conference (WATEC) in Tel Aviv this week to have talks with Israeli companies.
"Turkish companies would benefit from Israeli water technologies," Alpaşa said.
Morag said that the cooperation would be among private companies of the two countries, not between the two governments.
Relations between Turkey and Israel -- countries that once enjoyed solid ties on all levels -- deteriorated in May 2010 and have remained strained since Israeli naval commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara, a ship carrying humanitarian aid in an attempt to breach Israel's blockade of Gaza, killing eight Turkish activists and a Turkish-American. The ship was in international waters when the Israeli commandos struck.
The IEICI manager also said that a small delegation is planning to visit Turkey in the coming months to have talks with Turkish counterparts.
"The dates are not settled yet, but 2014 has been agreed on by the two sides," he said.
Alpaşa mentioned that Zorlu Group met with Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom on Tuesday.
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