Israel, Turkey reconciliation to advance regional peace: John Kerry

The reconciliation between Israel and Turkey would advance peace and stability in the region, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

Updated: Mar 24, 2013, 12:11 PM IST

Washington: The reconciliation between Israel and Turkey would advance peace and stability in the region, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

"The reconciliation between Israel and Turkey is a very important development that will help advance the cause of peace and stability in the region," Kerry said in a statement, adding that the leaders of the two countries deserve great credit for showing the leadership necessary to make this possible.

"As I discussed with (Israeli) Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu this evening, this will help Israel meet the many challenges it faces in the region," he said.
"We look forward to an expeditious implementation of the agreement and the full normalisation of relations so Israel and Turkey can work together to advance their common interests," Kerry said.

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