Compensation talks with Israel 'positive'

Amount of compensation not to be announced until talks are finalized, says Turkey's FM

Amount of compensation not to be announced until talks are finalized, says Turkey's FM

ANKARA - Compensation talks with Israel for the families of the Turkish victims of the Israeli raid on a Gaza aid flotilla in 2010 are "positive" and a final deal is near, said Turkish foreign minister on Thursday. 

"Problems have been overcome to a considerable extent, but until the talks have been finalized, we will not announce the amount of compensation," Ahmet Davutoglu told at a joint press conference with his Tanzanian counterpart Bernard Membe. 

 There have been several rounds of talks since the Israeli prime minister apologized to the Turkish people voicing regret for the loss of life in the Mavi Marmara incident in March 2013.

At the joint press conference between Turkey and Tanzania, Davutoglu said Tanzania plays a pioneer role in Turkey's initiatives in Africa with talks touching on bilateral and regional issues including Tanzania's plan to open an embassy in Turkey. Turkey has opened its embassy in Tanzania in 2009. 

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Membe reassured Turkey of Tanzania's support in its bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2015 to 2016.

He also called for Turkish investment in Tanzania saying "with the discovery of gas, it is a place to invest."

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