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Monday, 8 December, 1997, 19:25 GMT
Turkey and Israel to continue military cooperation

Israel and Turkey have pledged to continue their military cooperation, despite criticisms from Muslim states being voiced at the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Teheran.

The Israeli defence minister, Yitzhak Mordechai, who is visiting Turkey to discuss arms deals, told reporters that Turkish-Israeli military cooperation did not threaten anybody, although he added that both countries faced potential threats from the missile and chemical weapons capabilities of Iran, Syria and Iraq.

Last year, Turkey and Israel signed a military agreement, which allowed their aircraft to train in each other's airspace and allowed Israel to upgrade Turkish fighter planes.

But Mr Mordechai said that was only the beginning of their co-operation.

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