Turkey, Greece agree to talks on contested Mediterranean waters

Turkey and Greece have agreed on Tuesday to talks over disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean, following the German-led efforts to defuse a crisis that has raised fears of conflict, news wires reported.

Both sides said they were "ready to start exploratory talks" as a three-way videoconference between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council chief Charles Michel took place, the Turkish presidency said.

The Greek foreign ministry also confirmed the talks, saying they would be held soon in Istanbul, without providing any precise date.

A standoff over gas exploration in contested waters has seen the NATO neighbours stage rival war games and ramp up their rhetoric, but the tone has softened this week, raising hopes for a diplomatic solution.

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