ANKARA/JERUSALEM (AFP) Turkish and Israeli ministers met secretly in Brussels to seek ways of mending fences amid a deep crisis over a deadly raid on Gaza-bound aid ships last month, officials said Thursday. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer met Wednesday in Brussels, where Davutoglu was on a visit to discuss his countrys EU membership bid, a Turkish official said. Turkeys NTV news channel said the meeting took place in a hotel suite and lasted more than two hours. Davutoglu and Ben Eliezer discussed ways of repairing bilateral ties, with the Turkish minister insisting Israel must apologise over the deadly raid on the Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara, it said. The two agreed to keep the meeting secret and share their discussions with their prime ministers, it added. Meanwhile, secret talks between Israel and Turkey to resolve a diplomatic crisis has provoked a major row between the Israeli foreign ministry and the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The dispute erupted late on Wednesday after Turkish and Israeli media revealed that Turkeys Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had held secret talks in Belgium with Israeli Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer. But details of the meeting were kept from firebrand Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, with him only hearing of the talks through the media. The foreign minister views as extremely serious the fact that this was done without notifying the foreign ministry, said a sharply worded statement released late on Wednesday from Liebermans office. This goes against all norms of government and does serious harm to the trust between the foreign minister and the prime minister. Netanyahus office promptly issued a statement saying the fact that Lieberman had not been informed was a technical oversight but refused any other comment, in a move perceived as an attempt to calm the tensions between the two. The fact that Lieberman had learned about this through watching Channel 2 news was perceived as a significant slight, an Israeli official said. Ben Eliezer has always been a one-man Turkish lobby he is someone they trust, with whom they have had long-standing ties, so it makes sense, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Having another minister step in (to help out with the Turkish crisis) is one thing, but doing this without informing the foreign minister that is really offensive, he said. Sources close to Ben Eliezer told the Yediot Aharonot daily that keeping the talks from Lieberman was the right thing to do as the foreign minister had played a significant part in intensifying the crisis with Turkey. The spat between Lieberman and Netanyahu flared up just days before the premier heads to Washington for talks with US President Barack Obama. Lieberman has frequently offered a blunt take on issues which are diplomatically sensitive for Israel at a time when the Jewish state is locked in US-backed indirect talks with Palestinians. A senior government source said the two men would hold talks at some point on Friday to resolve the dispute, which some commentators believe was pounced upon by Lieberman as an opportunity to exact political gain ahead of Netanyahus trip to Washington. Lieberman is deliberately looking for a pretext for a crisis with Netanyahu because he realises that the premier is going to come under pressure in Washington, commentator Akiva Eldar told AFP. The price of a modus vivendi with the Americans is a continuation of the settlement freeze and other Israeli gestures towards the Palestinians, he explained, saying Lieberman had provoked the crisis in order to gain some leverage before Netanyahu heads to Washington. A senior Israeli source quoted by the website of the Haaretz daily said the White House had been directly involved in pushing the talks between Israel and Turkey suggesting Washington was aware that Lieberman was being cut out of the picture. As the row escalated, Netanyahus people made numerous failed attempts to arrange a phone conversation between the two, public radio reported. Explaining why the PMs office had not been able to reach Lieberman, foreign ministry sources chose their words carefully: it was for technical reasons.