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Israel officially apologises in diplomatic row with Turkey

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon (pictured) has apologised to Turkey over the treatment of its envoy. The diplomatic spat had caused a breach in the surprisingly warm relations between the Jewish state and Muslim regional power.

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AFP - Israel on Wednesday offered Turkey an official apology over the treatment of its envoy, expressing the hope it would end the latest spat between the two allies, the premier's office said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon apologised before Turkish Ambassador Oguz Celikkol for giving him an angry dressing down in front of cameras to protest a Turkish television series portraying Mossad agents as baby snatchers.

"Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu, together with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman coordinated the apology letter sent by deputy foreign minister Ayalon to the Turkish ambassador and hopes this would end the affair," the premier's office said in a statement.

Netanyahu "again expressed his concern over the cooling of the ties between Israel and Turkey" and instructed officials "to find ways to prevent this trend," it added.

 

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