Israel, Turkey discuss
joint gas pipeline as ties resume after six-year rupture
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[October 13, 2016]
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Israel
and Turkey have discussed the possibility of building a
natural gas pipeline between the two countries, Israel's
energy minister said on Thursday, in the first Israeli
ministerial visit to Turkey since ties were ruptured six
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz attends a news
conference after their meeting with Turkish Energy
Minister Berat Albayrak in Istanbul, Turkey, October 13,
2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz agreed at a meeting in
Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart Berat Albayrak to
"establish immediately a dialogue between our two governments"
to examine the project's feasibility, he told reporters.
"We discussed energy in general and particularly the issue of
natural gas and the possibility of building a natural gas
pipeline from Israel to Turkey in order to deliver natural gas
to Turkey and to Europe," Steinitz said.
Relations between the two countries crumbled after Israeli
marines stormed an aid ship in May 2010 to enforce a naval
blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, killing 10 Turkish
activists on board. Israel and Turkey announced in June that
they would normalize ties.
(Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by
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