26 November 2012
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday no formal talks were underway to normalize Turkish-Israeli relations which saw a historic low after Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid vessel in May 2010 in international waters that killed nine Turkish nationals and wounded many others.
"Turkey's demands from Israel are well-known. And when Israel feels ready to meet those demands, Turkey will establish dialogue over appropriate channels. It is out of question that Turkey does any bargaining on this issue," Davutoglu told a televised interview on private news channel CNN Turk.
Following a report of an international panel investigating the raid on Mavi Marmara, the Turkish vessel, Turkey reduced its diplomatic relations with Israel to second secretary level, expelling all Israeli diplomats in Turkey. The Turkish government also cancelled military agreements and planned military exercises with Israel.
Davutoglu's remarks were in response to a question on a recent meeting between a senior Turkish diplomat and an aide to the Israeli prime minister.
"That was not a dialogue meeting," he said.