ISTANBUL Oct 13 Israel and Turkey have
discussed the possibility of building a natural gas pipeline
between the two countries, Israel's energy minister said on
Thursday, in the first Israeli ministerial visit to Turkey since
ties were ruptured six years ago.
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz agreed at a meeting
in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart Berat Albayrak to
"establish immediately a dialogue between our two governments"
to examine the project's feasibility, he told reporters.
"We discussed energy in general and particularly the issue
of natural gas and the possibility of building a natural gas
pipeline from Israel to Turkey in order to deliver natural gas
to Turkey and to Europe," Steinitz said.
Relations between the two countries crumbled after Israeli
marines stormed an aid ship in May 2010 to enforce a naval
blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, killing 10 Turkish
activists on board. Israel and Turkey announced in June that
they would normalise ties.
(Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by