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Israel’s Peres calls for friendship with Turkey

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Text by HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS

Latest update : 2013-03-25

Signalling a further thaw in relations between Israel and Turkey, Israeli President Shimon Peres called for peaceful cooperation with Turkey, urging both countries to “pave a better way for [their] children" in an interview published Monday.

There is a brand-new world in the Middle East and both Israel and Turkey must aid the people of the region in realizing a fairer and freer future, Israeli President Shimon Peres has said following a thaw in relations between the two.

“Look, we live in the same world, the same age with the same priorities. There is a new world. We cannot approach the new world with an old mind,” Peres told daily Hürriyet in an interview in Jerusalem after Israel apologized to Turkey and agreed to pay compensation over the 2010 Mavi Marmara killings.

Asked if Israel’s apology meant a rapprochement, Peres said: “It is not a matter of rapprochement. It is more than that, we have to pave a better way for our children. … The Middle East is the home of many things: starvation, terror, bloodshed. … Turkey, like Israel, has to really try and enable the people of the Middle East to live fairly and freely in a better future.”
 

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Date created : 2013-03-25

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