Large billboards were put up by the Ankara municipality on Monday to thank Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan following Israel's apology for the deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound ship.
"Israel apologized to Turkey. Dear prime minister, we are grateful that you let our country experience this pride," the billboards read.
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"Officials delegated by the two sides will work on the compensation issue. We gave the kickstart for it today," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.
The assault triggered an international outcry and a bitter diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Israel, with Ankara demanding a formal apology and compensation for the families of the victims.
'We are grateful. Billboard in Ankara (Photo: EPA)
Until last week, Israel had refused. But on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for the raid - a breakthrough brokered by US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Jewish state.
"This is a big success of Turkish foreign policy," Arinc said.
He said that Turkey's foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, "held talks with the other party and expressed the necessity to swiftly solve the issue."
In remarks over the weekend, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country's future diplomatic relationship with Israel - including the appointment of a new ambassador to Israel - would depend on the Jewish state.
AFP, Reuters contributed to the report
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