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Israeli PM apologises to Turkey over Gaza flotilla deaths

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:11 GMT
Author: Reuters
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JERUSALEM, March 22 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologised on Friday to Turkey for errors that might have led to the deaths of nine Turkish activists during a 2010 raid on a boat off the Gaza Strip, his office said in a statement.

Netanyahu talked with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan earlier in the day in a telephone call engineered by U.S. President Barack Obama during a visit to Israel, looking to restore badly impaired ties between the two U.S. allies.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed an apology to the Turkish people for any error that may have led to the loss of life, and agreed to complete the agreement for compensation," the Israeli statement said. (Writing by Crispian Balmer; editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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