Turkey says close to deal with Israel on normalisation

December 18, 2015 3:16 PM

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Turkey and Israel are nearing agreement on a deal to normalise ties after positive progress was made on Ankara’s key demands in closed-door negotiations, a Turkish official said on Friday.

Israeli officials had the day earlier revealed that Israel and Turkey in secret talks in Switzerland had reached “understandings” to normalise ties that were downgraded following the deadly 2010 Israeli commando raid on a Turkish aid ship headed for the Gaza Strip.

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