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Israel forced to apologise to Turkey over humiliation of its envoy

Posted by seumasach on January 14, 2010


14th January, 2010

Israel has had to apologise to Turkey over the humiliation of its envoy, in the latest spat to undermine the country’s ties with its closest ally in the Muslim world.

President Gül issued the ultimatum after a half-hearted apology by Danny Ayalon, the Israeli deputy Foreign Minister, for his treatment of the ambassador, Ahmet Celikkol.

The Turkish envoy was summoned over a Turkish television series that depicted Israeli security forces kidnapping children and shooting elderly people.

During the televised meeting Mr Ayalon, of the right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party, told the Israeli cameraman in Hebrew to “pay attention that he is sitting in a lower chair . . . that there is only an Israeli flag on the table and that we are not smiling.”

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