Greek, Turkish international ministers meet as tensions ease

2020/10 08 12:10

By: AP | Athens |

October eight, 2020 5:38:22 pm

Greece, Turkey, Mevlut Cavusloglu, Nikos DendiasGreek Overseas Minister Nikos Dendias, left, meets with Turkey’s Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, on the sidelines of a convention in Bratislava, Slovakia, Thursday, Oct. eight, 2020. Greek and Turkish officers say the ministers agreed to set a date for the beginning of a brand new spherical of exploratory talks between the 2. (Fatih Aktas/Turkish Overseas Ministry by way of AP, Pool)

The international ministers of Greece and Turkey have met on the sidelines of a convention in Slovakia and agreed to set a date for the beginning of a brand new spherical of exploratory talks between the 2, officers mentioned Wednesday.

A dispute between the 2 NATO allies and longtime rivals over maritime boundaries within the japanese Mediterranean this summer season led to fears of open battle as warships from each side confronted off.

Turkey’s international ministry launched a brief video of Greek Overseas Minister Nikos Dendias and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusloglu assembly on the sidelines of the Globsec Discussion board in Bratislava. The ambiance of what each side mentioned was a short assembly appeared cordial and even jovial as the 2, each carrying masks, bumped elbows, patted one another on the shoulder and stood at a desk to speak.

A Greek diplomatic official mentioned the 2 agreed to set a date for the exploratory talks. The official spoke on situation of anonymity to disclose the contents of the assembly. The talks would be the 61st spherical of a long-running means of talks between Greece and Turkey designed to cut back rigidity and enhance relations which are usually testy between the 2 neighbours.

At odds over a collection of points, together with territorial disputes within the Aegean Sea, the 2 international locations have come to the brink of battle thrice for the reason that mid-1970s. Earlier this summer season, Turkey despatched a analysis vessel escorted by warships to prospect for vitality assets within the japanese Mediterranean in an space Greece says is over its personal continental shelf and the place it claims unique financial rights.

Greece mobilised its personal navy fleet and put its armed forces on standby. The strain has eased in current weeks, with NATO serving to arrange a deconfliction mechanism whereby the Greek and Turkish militaries can talk to keep away from an accident that might result in battle and the 2 sides conform to restart their exploratory talks course of.

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