June 1, 2010 / 9:29 AM / 10 years ago

Turkey sees no impact on Israel drone delivery

ANKARA, June 1 (Reuters) - Turkey’s Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul said on Tuesday a diplomatic crisis with Israel after the Jewish state stormed a Turkish-backed aid convoy will not affect the planned delivery of Israel-made Heron drones to Turkey.

Israel’s long-time Muslim ally Turkey has recalled its envoy to Israel and cancelled joint military exercises after Israeli marines raided an aid flotilla bound for Gaza on Monday.

Earlier this year, the two countries, which have a close military alliance, wrapped up the purchase of 10 Heron drones in a deal worth $180 million. (Reportingby Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Ibon Villelabeitia; Editing by David Stamp)

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