Turkey demands an Israeli apology over mistreatment of its envoy


Turkey demanded an apology from Israel on Tuesday over what it called the discourteous treatment of its ambassador, further souring ties between the two regional powers on the eve of a visit by Israel’s defense minister.

Turkey’s foreign ministry said Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon had attempted to slight Turkish Ambassador Oguz Celikkol during a meeting on Monday to protest against a Turkish TV drama.

“We expect an explanation and apologies from Israeli authorities for the attitude against our Tel Aviv ambassador Oguz Celikkol, and the way this attitude was reflected,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

“We call on the Israeli Foreign Ministry, whose behavior and attitude toward our Tel Aviv Ambassador did not comply with diplomacy, to obey courtesy rules,” it said.