Turkey’s Parliament Speaker rejects Israeli MP’s invitation
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
Turkish Speaker Çiçek declines his Israeli counterpart’s invitation. AA photoTurkey’s Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek declined an invitation from his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin due to the strain in bilateral relations between the two countries.
Rivlin sent a letter to Çiçek on Nov. 29, 2011, inviting him to Israel. Rivlin stressed the importance of the visit for the sake of bilateral relations, Daily News learned.
Çiçek replied to the letter 1.5 months later and said, “The invitation will be considered when the bilateral relations become more favorable. “I am sure you know our expectations to enable our relations [to be] normalized,” Çiçek said in his letter.