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Turkey's ruling Ak Party (AKP) Deputy Chairman responsible for Economic Affairs Numan Kurtulmus talks to foreign media in Ankara January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Officials from Turkey and Israel are holding more meetings to normalise relations and two out of Ankara's three conditions for reviving ties have been met, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting, Kurtulmus said lifting Israel's embargo on the Gaza Strip was important for normalisation. Israel has ruled out ending a sea and air blockade of the Palestinian territory.

It has also sought an official apology and compensation for the bereaved. The erstwhile allies have been at loggerheads since Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish ship in an aid flotilla to Gaza, killing 10 Turks.

(Reporting by Ercan Gurses and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Daren Butler)

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