Turkish PM announces deal with Israel to normalize ties

Turkish PM announces deal with Israel to normalize ties
# 27 June 2016 13:08 (UTC +04:00)

Yıldırım confirmed that Israel had agreed to pay $20 million (18.14 million euros) in compensation to the families of 2010 Mavi Marmara raid victims.

Under the deal, Turkey will deliver humanitarian aid and other non-military products to Gaza and a first shipment of 10,000 tons of aid would be sent next Friday, the premier told reporters during a press conference in Ankara.

Turkey will also in the future be allowed to deliver aid to Gaza and invest in infrastructure projects under the deal, the premier said.

The deal will see the two countries exchange ambassadors "as soon as possible", Yıldırım said.

The prime minister stated that the deal -- whose broad terms were announced by senior officials from both countries late on Sunday -- would be signed on Tuesday.

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