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    Turkey announced Monday the restart of diplomatic ties with Israel after a period of certain mutual estrangement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim announced Monday the restart of diplomatic ties with Israel six years after mutual estrangement, with a formal agreement to be signed Tuesday.

    "This text of consensus tomorrow will be signed with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his correspondent in Israel. After this there is the approval process. In Israel the approval is issued by the cabinet and on our side it will be completed at the parliament," Yildirim said in a televised address.

    Yildirim said the mutual embassies would subsequently reopen and Tel Aviv would pay $20 million to victims of the deadly 2010 Freedom Flotilla incident.

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