Turkish, Greek foreign ministers meet for first time since crisis

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece met on Thursday for the first time since a dispute between the two NATO members over energy exploration and maritime jurisdiction in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkish state media reported.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias met on the sidelines of the Global Security Forum in the Slovak capital Bratislava to discuss “bilateral and regional issues”, state-owned Anadolu news agency said.

Sources in Athens also said that Dendias took the opportunity to express Athens’ opposition to Turkey’s planned opening of the beach at Varosha, the fenced-off southern quarter of the city of Famagusta in Turkish-occupied Cyprus.

The brief meeting came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s commitment to proceed with its plans in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean in an interview with a Qatari newspaper.

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