Turkey has called for Israel to face international punishment for the killing of nine Turkish nationals on board the aid ship Mavi Mamara at a Eurasian and Middle East summit in Istanbul.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said:
“ We lost nine people and Israel must pay and it will. We will continue to work within international law.”
Meanwhile, US Vice President Joe Biden held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarack on how to revive the Middle East peace process and find a way to ease the blockade on Gaza as the diplomatic fall-out from the flotilla deaths reverberates around the world.
Israel has denied requests for a multi-national investigation into the deadly attack on a Gaza bound convoy.
It comes despite requests from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for Israel to accept an international probe.