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Turkey, Greece to hold political talks in Ankara

Delegations to discuss bilateral relations, regional issues during meeting in Ankara

Gozde Bayar   | 09.01.2020
Turkey, Greece to hold political talks in Ankara

ANKARA

Turkey will host a Greek delegation in the capital Ankara on Friday for regular political consultations.

Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal and Themistoklis Demiris, secretary general of the Greek Foreign Ministry, will co-chair the meeting between the delegations from both sides, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“During the political consultations, bilateral relations, regional and international issues will be addressed,” the statement added.

The meeting will be held in the wake of an agreement inked last week by Greece, Israel, and the Greek Cypriot administration for the EastMed pipeline project.

The project envisions a 1,900-km (1,180-mile) natural gas pipeline through the Mediterranean Sea from Israel to the Greek island of Crete, Greece's mainland, and then to Italy.

Turkey is a guarantor nation for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and has consistently contested the Greek Cypriot administration's unilateral drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting that the TRNC also has rights to the resources in the area.

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