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Posted on on March 24th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (

To the Europe and Eurasia and the Near East lists of the US Department of State
– following the President’s trip to the Middle East:

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 23, 2013



The reconciliation between Israel and Turkey is a very important development that will help advance the cause of peace and stability in the region. Prime Minister Netanyahu and Prime Minister Erdogan deserve great credit for showing the leadership necessary to make this possible.

As I discussed with Prime Minister Netanyahu this evening, this will help Israel meet the many challenges it faces in the region.

We look forward to an expeditious implementation of the agreement and the full normalization of relations so Israel and Turkey can work together to advance their common interests.

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