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Obama urges Erdogan to complete reconciliation with Israel
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Gaza, ALRAY - U.S President Barack Obama phoned on Wednesday evening Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, urging him to complete the reconciliation negotiations with Israel, Haaretz Daily Newspaper reported.

According to a statement released by the White House, the conversation touched the Syrian issue  in addition to other topics. “ Obama told Erdogan about the importance of ending negotiations with Israel to quickly re-normalize relations with both countries.”

This conversation came almost three weeks after Turkey and  Israel agreed on a draft agreement for mending ties between them, newspaper said.

Netanyahu refused to approve the agreement and  Erdogan recently demanded that Israel has to lift its siege on the Gaza Strip as a condition for normalization.

Haaretz revealed that as part of the draft agreement, Israel would pay compensation of some $20-23 million to the families of the Turkish citizens killed and injured by Israeli occupation forces during the Gaza Flotilla incident. The agreement also includes Turkish agreement to pass a law that would lead to cancellation of lawsuits filed against soldiers who had participated in the raid, and an outline of the diplomatic normalization.

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