Israel and Turkey Set for First Official Talks in Six Years After Diplomatic Thaw – Newsweek

Turkey and Israel are making further steps to rebuild relations, with the first first official bilateral negotiations between the two countries in six years. An Israeli delegation is to travel to Turkey Tuesday in a further sign of improvment after the countries ended the six-year freeze in June 2016.

Yuval Rotem, the director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is leading a three-day visit for meetings with Turkish officials, Turkey’s Jewish communities and Israeli officials in the country’s embassy in Ankara, The Times of Israel reported.

The two countries broke off ties following an Israeli commando raid on a Turkish-owned vessel in international waters in May 2010 as it attempted to reach the Gaza Strip. The ship was part of a flotilla attempting to breach Israel’s blockade of Gaza, an area presided over by militant group Hamas. The Israeli raid killed nine…

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