Ankara, Atina hold meeting on confidence-building measures

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Turkish National Defense Ministry declared that, following a meeting in the Turkish capital Ankara between Turkish and Greek delegations for the confidence-building measures, a decision was reached to establish a contact point mechanism between the two countries

Ankara, Atina hold meeting on confidence-building measures

Turkish and Greek delegations resumed discussions in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday, focusing on confidence-building measures.

The Turkish National Defense Ministry hosted the meeting, which was attended by ambassadors, high-ranking military officers, and other officials.

Turkish National Defense Minister Yasar Guler received Haris Lalacos, secretary-general of the Greek foreign ministry and adviser to the defense minister, who led the Greek defense delegation.

The two sides provisionally agreed to implement or reactivate a number of previously agreed-on confidence-building measures over next year, according to a Turkish statement.

The meeting was held in a "positive spirit," the statement said,adding that the next meeting will be hosted by the Greek side.

Turkiye and Greece have experienced a tumultuous relationship over the years. Although 2021 saw some improvements, several issues remain unresolved between the two neighboring countries.

Turkiye, a NATO member for over 70 years, has protested repeated provocative actions and rhetoric by Greece in the region in recent years, including arming islands near Turkish shores that are demilitarized under longstanding treaties, saying that such moves frustrate its good faith efforts towards peace.​​​​​​​

Source: Anadolu Agency

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