Turkey pulls out of Munich conference to avoid Israeli delegation

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 06, 2015 8:47 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday pulled out of a security conference in Munich at the last minute, saying he did not wish to attend a joint session with an Israeli delegation.

"I was going to attend the conference but we decided not to after they added Israeli officials to the Middle East session at the last minute," Cavusoglu told a news conference in Berlin, where he has been meeting Turkish ambassadors based in Europe.

Relations between Israel and Turkey remain strained since a major rupture in 2010, when Israeli soldiers killed nine Turks traveling in a Turkish-led humanitarian aid convoy attempting to break a blockade of Gaza.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Jonny Hogg and Louise Ireland)