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Text by HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS

Latest update : 2013-04-03

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu revealed Thursday that Israel’s apology to Turkey over a deadly 2010 attack on a flotilla bound for Gaza came after heavy diplomatic pressure, notably from the United States.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu revealed March 28 the background of Israel’s apology to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara killings of 2010.

“On every diplomatic field, there was heavy pressure on Israel.’ Davutoğlu said in a television program on the private SKYTürk 360 TV channel, adding that the result was an outcome of persistent diplomacy, “because Israel needed to feel this pressure.”

The foreign minister said both sides came closer to striking a deal on previous occasions, but it was the Israeli side that always stepped back. The issue was first brought up during U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Turkey, Davutoğlu said. “After Kerry’s visit we had contact over the telephone, SMS and emails.”

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Date created : 2013-03-29

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