World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror has said that Turkey and Israel will exchange ambassadors shortly after the ongoing compensation talks over the fatal 2010 Mavi Marmara raid reach a conclusion.
Joining the delegation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently on an official visit to China, two days after meeting a Turkish delegation for the second round of talks over the compensation package in Tel Aviv, Amidror said a number of issues were agreed upon, refusing to elaborate.
“Until everything is agreed upon, nothing is agreed upon,” he was quoted as saying, adding that he expected the agreement to be completed shortly.
Amidror added that “once the agreement is final, there is only a short time, a technical period, before ambassadors are exchanged.”
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, who is responsible for coordinating the compensation talks, meanwhile said that there is progress in the talks and that there would be another round of talks in Turkey if the two sides fail to reach an agreement.
Compensation talks started with the visit of an Israeli delegation to Ankara after a three-year diplomatic gap and later continued with a Turkish delegation travelling to Israel for the second round of talks to negotiate Israel’s compensation to the families of the victims of a 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara humanitarian aid ship that killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American.Last Mod: 10 Mayıs 2013, 10:50