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Turkey, Greece to renew talks on disputes on Jan 25

Cavusoglu’s invitation follows a call by Ankara, which faces sanctions from the European Union, to show a brand new web page in its troubled relations with EU nations.

“At this time … we need to lengthen an open invitation to Greece” Cavusoglu stated. “We invite Greece to begin exploratory talks, with the primary assembly being held in January.”

The overseas ministries of Turkey and Greece later issued separate statements saying the so-called exploratory talks can be held in Istanbul on Jan. 25. The talks can be the 61st spherical of a long-running means of negotiations between Greece and Turkey that intention to enhance their typically testy relations.

The NATO allies are at odds over a sequence of points, together with territorial disputes within the Aegean Sea. The 2 nations have come to the brink of warfare thrice for the reason that mid-1970s.

Tensions flared this summer season after Turkey despatched a analysis vessel escorted by warships to prospect for power assets within the japanese Mediterranean in an space Greece says is over its personal continental shelf and the place it claims unique financial rights.

In December, the EU gave the inexperienced mild for the growth of sanctions towards Turkey over its exploration of gasoline reserves in waters claimed by EU members Greece and Cyprus.

Earlier, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated he had been knowledgeable of Cavusoglu’s feedback.

Mitsotakis stated that whereas the invitation for talks hadn’t but come by way of the official process, “I retain as a constructive component that Turkey has expressed the desire for the method to begin” and stated it was time to set a particular date for the talks.

“Greece will come to the exploratory talks, as soon as the date is finalized, additionally following the instructions the European Council itself has given, that are none apart from to primarily proceed the place we left off in March 2016, in different phrases to make progress, I hope, on the problem of figuring out the maritime boundaries within the japanese Mediterranean and the Aegean.”

Cavusoglu stated Dendias had rejected an invite by Albanian Minister Edi Rama to host a gathering between the Greek and Turkish overseas ministers in Tirana due to the coronavirus restrictions however expressed hope {that a} assembly can happen within the Albanian capital quickly.

“I hope Greece doesn’t flip down this chance,” Cavusoglu stated.

Related Press author Elena Becatoros in Athens, Greece, contributed to this report.

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