Turkey’s energy minister ‘to visit Israel for pipeline deal’
Turkey’s Energy Minister Berat Albayrak is set to visit Israel by the end of this year to conclude an agreement for the building of a natural gas pipeline from the Jewish state to Turkey, says Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz.
He says both countries decided to accelerate efforts to conclude by the end of this year an intergovernmental agreement that will enable the construction of a pipeline from Israel to Turkey.
“Hopefully, Mr. Albayrak will pay a visit to Israel this year in 2017, which will help us accelerate and try to conclude this agreement,” Steinitz says at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul after meeting Albayrak, He says no exact date has been set but it would take place in the coming months.
“We want to build a pipeline stretching from Israel to Turkey in order to able to export natural gas from Israel to Turkey,” Steinitz says, adding that the Israeli gas could be delivered to Europe and to the Balkans through Turkey.
A visit by Albayrak, son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a key member of his inner circle, would be a significant diplomatic move by Ankara after a rapprochement deal last year between the two countries mended a longstanding rift.