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Turkey to pay first visit to Israel Feb. 7-8 after normalization of ties

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Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has announced that the first official visit to Israel from Turkey since the normalization of ties between the two countries will take place on Feb. 7-8.

Bozdağ’s remarks came during a TV program on A Haber on Wednesday.

The ties between Turkey and Israel had been tense since 2010, when the Israeli navy killed nine Turkish and one Turkish-American pro-Palestinian activists who were part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla heading to Gaza to deliver aid.

Turkey demanded an official apology from Israel, compensation for the families of those killed and the lifting of Israel’s Gaza blockade.

Turkey and Israel normalized relations in August after the Turkish Parliament approved a deal in June for Israel to pay $20 million in compensation to victims on board the Mavi Marmara.

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