During negotiations in Rome, Turkey and Israel finally agreed on the text of the document on the normalization of relations between the two countries.
This was stated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
“It is expected that representatives of Turkey and Israel to sign the document on June 28,” said in a statement.
Ambassadors will return to Ankara and Tel Aviv as soon as possible, Yildirim said.
The document on the resumption of diplomatic relations, in particular, stipulates that Israel will pay $20 million in compensation to the victims (and their relatives) of the assault of MaviMarmara vessel by Israeli commandos. In addition, Binali Yildirim announced the departure of the first ship with 10 thousand tons of humanitarian aid on board to the Israeli port of Ashdod.
The agreement may help to improve the situation in the Middle East, said Netanyahu. According to him, Turkey has committed to abandon the complaints against Israeli soldiers. The sea blockade of the Gaza Strip will remain in effect, but the delivery of humanitarian supplies through Israeli ports will be allowed, said Netanyahu.
According to Netanyahu, because of the agreement with Turkey it will be possible to supply Israel’s gas to Europe.
Hardening of relations between Israel and Turkey took place in 2010, when the “freedom flotilla” tried to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, and was stopped by Israeli commandos. As a result, 9 Turkish activists were killed, another 40 people were injured.