Turkish foreign to be absent at Munich Security Conference on Friday

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Mevlut Cavusoglu
Turkish Foreign Minister,Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will not appear at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, refusing to participate in a panel alongside Israeli officials.

Mevlut Cavusoglu
Mevlut Cavusoglu

“We have decided not to participate in the Munich Security Conference because they subsequently invited Israeli representatives to the Middle East session,” Cavusoglu said in Berlin, according to the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency.

He said the decision was not meant to affect relations with Germany. Cavusoglu would not fly from the German capital to Munich.

Turkey, a NATO-member, has been falling out with Israel since the 2008 war in the Gaza Strip.

Nine Turks and a Turkish-US citizen were killed in a 2010 Israeli military raid on the Mavi Marmara pro-Palestinian aid flotilla heading to Gaza.

During the war in Gaza last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of “barbarism that surpassed Hitler” and charged the Jewish State, a one-time ally, of carrying out genocide against the Palestinians.

Erdogan had stormed out of a 2009 session with Shimon Peres, then the president of Israel, at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

GNA

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