Turkey and Israel are close to signing an agreement on compensation for the killing of 10 Turkish activists by Israeli commandos in 2010, an official from Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) said on Monday.
Both countries have stepped up efforts in recent months to restore a relationship that was severely damaged following the Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, which had been trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Turkey has insisted that there can be no normalisation in ties with Israel, unless its conditions for ending the Gaza blockade and compensation for the deaths of the activists are met.
Omer Celik, a spokesman for Turkey's governing AK Party, said in a live interview on Turkish television said that "The point has been reached in the talks at which [an agreement] can be signed."
He did not mention whether progress had been reached on lifting the blockade or not.
An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, when asked, said he had no comment on the matter.