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NATO’s Stoltenberg to discuss eastern Mediterranean tensions in Greece on Tuesday

Brussels: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Tuesday to discuss the on-going tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Greek Foreign Ministry said on Monday
“Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias will host a working breakfast for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday, 6 October. Minister of National Defence Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos will also attend the meeting,” the ministry said in a statement on Monday.

According to Athens, the on-going regional tensions flared up as Turkish vessels conducted seismic exploration surveys in waters that both Greece and Cyprus claim to be part of their respective exclusive economic zones, will top the agenda of the meeting.
Stoltenberg visited Ankara on Monday to hold talks on the matter with Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. During the meeting, the secretary general praised Turkey’s contributions to NATO and reiterated the alliance’s commitment to defusing the tensions in the region, according to a press release.

NATO has established a military de-confliction mechanism to aid negotiations between Athens and Ankara, and military leaders from both countries have held talks at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.

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