İrem UZUN -TDO- Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has accepted an invitation by his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, to meet in Ankara on April 14, according to diplomatic sources.
Çavuşoğlu announced the scheduled visit by his Greek counterpart during a press conference with visiting Kazakh Foreign Minister Mokhtar Tileuberdi on March 17 in the Turkish capital Ankara. Talks between Çavuşoğlu and Dendias may be followed with a meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, he underlined. “After Dendias’ visit, I am also planning to visit Athens at an appropriate time,” he added.
The announcement came after senior Turkish and Greek diplomats held exploratory talks in Athens - part of a series of such meetings designed to build trust between the neighboring countries. Ankara and Athens are at odds over issues such as competing claims over their continental shelves, maritime rights and air space in the Mediterranean, energy, Cyprus, and the status of some islands in the Aegean. The two sides resumed exploratory talks after a five-year hiatus in January and have since held two rounds of talks.