Clinton: Turkey needs to keep open mind about Israel
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Turkish Foreign MInister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, Turkey in July 2011
September 19th, 2011
03:36 PM ET

Clinton: Turkey needs to keep open mind about Israel

By Senior State Department Producer Elise Labott reporting from the UN General Assembly

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday urged Turkey not to close the door on mending fences with Israel, amid deteriorating relations between the two countries.

Clinton delivered the message during a meeting with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

"We want to see them repair their relationship," a senior US official said after the meeting. "She encouraged Turkey to keep the door open."

The official was not authorized to speak on the record about sensitive diplomatic discussions.

Clinton encouraged the Turks "to avoid any steps that would close that door and on the contrary to actively seek ways that they can repair (their) important relationship with Israel," the official said

Turkey has downgraded relations with Israel over Israel's refusal to apologize or pay compensation for eight slain Turks and one Turkish-American. The humanitarian workers and activists were shot dead by Israeli commandos in a botched 2010 raid on an aid convoy that was trying to bust Israel's sea blockade of Gaza.

The US has voiced strong concern about the rift between two of its close allies in the region and Clinton has been urging both sides to resolve their differences in calls with Israeli and Turkish leaders in recent months.


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  1. Moshe aron kestenbaum Williamsburg ODA

    Armenian holocaust perpetrated by turkey. Turkey killed 2 million armenian brothers wifes and little children and the world is quiet

    September 20, 2011 at 1:01 am | Reply
  2. Wei Pan

    Hilary Clinton needs to shut up about Middle East affairs, especially the word Israel. She has no credibility for brokering any peace ; she has no sight for Palestinian people. She certainly has no respect from that region.

    September 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Reply

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