Israel’s suspending Turkish agricultural imports won’t affect Ankara: minister

Israel's suspending import of Turkish agricultural products won't affect Turkey, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey Ahmet Esref Fakibaba said, Turkish media reported May 16.

Fakibaba noted that Turkey has access to markets in numerous countries.

"Israel is deeply mistaken if it expects to somehow affect Turkey by suspending the import of Turkish agricultural products," he added.

Israel suspended the import of agricultural products from Turkey on May 16. Reportedly, such a decision was made by the Israeli Agriculture Ministry after the two countries recalled their ambassadors.

On May 15, Israelchr("39")s ambassador to Ankara Eitan Nachr("39")eh was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, where he was asked to leave the country.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim earlier said Turkey is calling on Muslim countries to reconsider relations with Israel. Yildirim noted that Turkey sharply condemns Israelchr("39")s actions against Palestinians.

Furthermore, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an emergency meeting in Istanbul regarding Palestine on May 18.

Protests are underway in the Gaza Strip amid the 70th anniversary of establishment of Israel and the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On May 13, Israeli soldiers opened fire at the protesters. According to the latest information, 100 Palestinians were killed in the clashes, more than 2,700 were injured.

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