Thursday, October 13, 2016

Turkey, Israel to examine building gas pipeline

Israel and Turkey on Thursday agreed to open discussions on building a gas pipeline to pump Israeli gas to Europe, as the Israeli energy minister made the first ministerial visit since a crisis in ties.

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz met his Turkish counterpart Berat Albayrak in Istanbul, the highest level official meeting since the two countries normalised ties in June after a 2010 crisis triggered by Israel's deadly storming of a Gaza-bound aid ship.

Until the 2010 crisis, NATO member Turkey had been Israel's key ally in the Muslim world, and the process to normalise relations was strongly backed by the United States ....