Tuesday, August 30, 2011

'Arab Spring and gas pushed Ankara to Tel-Aviv'


Published: 30 August, 2011, 11:57
Turkish Cypriot protesters clash with police on March 2, 2011 in the northern section of Nicosia against belt-tightening economic measures, pressed by Turkey, even though a similar demonstration in January angered Ankara (AFP Photo / Birol Bebek)

The riots in the Arab world and Israel possibly becoming a gas exporter in the future have warmed relations between Turkey and Israel – so says a former director general of Israel’s foreign ministry.
­Dr Alon Liel who also used to head Israel’s diplomatic mission to Ankara, Turkey, says “Turkey has invested a lot of money in becoming a gas hub and now that Israel might export gas – it is very important for Turkey that it will go through Turkey and not through Cyprus.”

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