Turkey, Greece 'ready for explorative talks'

Announcement by Ankara after meeting Erdogan-Merkel-Michel

22 September, 17:24

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 22 - Turkey and Greece are ready for ''explorative talks'' on the crisis in the eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish presidency has announced after a videoconference Tuesday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Council Charles Michel.

    ''The drive to lower tensions and use channels of dialogue needs to be supported byreciprocal measures'', Erdogan said during the talks. The Turkish president last Friday said he was ready to meet Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis, provided he showed ''good intentions'' and for talks ''without preconditions''.

    ''The initiatives taken by Greece will be key for progress in relaunching channels of dialogue'', added today Erdogan, talking with Merkel and Michel. The latest negotiations of this type were held in 2016. Two years later, Turkey started energy explorations in maritime areas which Greece and Cyprus consider illegal because carried out in their Exclusive Economic Zones.

    (ANSAmed).

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