Barak downplays tensions with Turkey

Published October 14th, 2009 - 04:34 GMT

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak Wednesday downplayed tensions with Turkey, despite Ankara's decision to cancel a joint military exercise. "I think that basically there are ups and downs for all different reasons in relations. But our relationship with Turkey is long-standing, important and strategic in nature," Barak said, according to AFP.

 

"Basically, it was delayed, not cancelled," he noted.

 

According to Barak, he doubted the development will cause long-term damage to Israeli-Turkish relations.

 

Washington on Tuesday dubbed Turkey's decision "inappropriate."

 

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