Turkish FM Cancels Munich Meeting over Israeli Participation
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The minister made the decision after the information came that the Zionist minister of intelligence and strategic affairs would also participate in the meeting.
"There were no Israeli representatives on the initial list of participants, so Turkey responded to the initial invitation positively," the daily quoted a Turkish Foreign Ministry official as saying.
"However, Israeli representatives were later added to the participants list, prompting the ministry’s decision to reverse its decision to attend the conference," it added.
The relations between Turkey and the Zionist entity have been tense since nine Turks and one Turkish-American were killed when Zionist commandos stormed the Gaza-bound ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010.
Numerous efforts to normalize ties between Turkey and the entity of occupation have failed, including the one initiated by US President Barack Obama in early 2012.
The Zionist authorities have officially apologized to Turkey for its Mavi Marmara attack, but foreign minister Avigdor Liberman described the apology as "enormous mistake."
Moreover, officials of both sides have often engaged in wars of words in recent years, criticizing each other’s policies.