Turkey, Israel Normalize Ties
Israel and Turkey have reached a deal to normalize ties.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday after meeting in Rome with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, "I think it's an important step here to normalize relations."
Ties between the two countries broke down in 2010 over Israel's interception of a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza which was under a blockade because of the Hamas militant group's leadership there.
A senior Israeli official said that as part of the restoration of normalized ties, Israel has apologized for its lethal raid on the ship and agreed to pay $20 million to the bereaved and injured. Also under the deal, the two countries will restore their ambassadors.
A senior Turkish official said the agreement also provides for Turkey to deliver humanitarian aid and other non-military products to Gaza and engage in infrastructure projects, including the construction of residential buildings and the completion of a hospital.
Kerry Visits Brussels, London
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Brussels and London Monday, the first senior U.S. official to visit either location since the British vote last week to leave the European Union in a move that is of great concern in Washington.
U.S. officials say will express U.S. support for Britain and stress the importance of other EU members remaining in the bloc.
He said Sunday the U.S. regrets the "Brexit" vote, but vowed to continue a close relationship with EU.
His talks in Brussels come amid a flurry of top-level diplomatic activity Monday, including the leaders of European powers Germany, France and Italy getting together to discuss what's next now that Britain is pulling out.
Kerry is then heading to London to meet with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and other officials.
British Finance Minister George Osborne said Monday that "the fundamentals of the British economy are strong" and Britain will "provide stability in these challenging times."