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Turkish, Greek defense ministers talk bilateral issues

Hulusi Akar and Evangelos Apostolakis meet on sidelines of NATO meeting in Brussels

13.02.2019
Turkish, Greek defense ministers talk bilateral issues

By Fatih Hafiz Mehmet 

ANKARA

The Turkish and Greek defense ministers have agreed to establish technical working groups to address issues including confidence-building measures, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. 

On the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels, Turkey's Hulusi Akar and Greece's Evangelos Apostolakis met and discussed current issues between the two countries, the ministry said in a statement.

Following the meeting, Akar told Anadolu Agency: "We should work to find peaceful solutions to our problems as two friendly and neighboring countries."

Their meeting comes off the heels of last week's official visit to Turkey of Alexis Tsipras, Greece's prime minister. 

Later on Wednesday, Akar met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and discussed issues related to the alliance. 

Akar also held meetings with his Georgian counterpart Levan Izoria, Montenegrin counterpart Predrag Boskovic and Italian counterpart Elisabetta Trenta. 

*Sarp Ozer contributed from Brussels.


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