Kerry urges Turkey to speedily restore full ties with Israel
After talking to the Turkish foreign minister in Istanbul Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry underlined the importance of expeditiously restoring relations with Israeli and of Turkey concluding a compensation agreement and returning ambassadors. But he said it is not for the US to set deadlines. Turkey wants all its demands met first.
Kerry said Turkey could play a vital role in Middle East peacemaking. He is also trying to set up a preliminary meeting of Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Turkey next month.
The Secretary spends the next 10 days visiting Israel, the West Bank, the UK, South Korea, China and Japan.