Turkey told Greece that Ankara is ready to host the fourth meeting for confidence-building measures between the two neighbors, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported Thursday.
“We notified the other party that we are ready to hold the fourth meeting in Ankara. We expect the Greek side to attend these meetings,” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters late Wednesday in Ankara.
Akar recalled that two of the previous meetings for confidence-building measures were held in Athens, while one of the same kinds was held in Ankara.
Tensions in the eastern Mediterranean have escalated in recent days amid Greece’s concerns over Turkish military build-up to conduct seismic research in the waters between Turkey and Libya following a maritime delimitation deal with the North African country.
Ankara and Athens recently launched talks mediated by Germany to solve differences in the eastern Mediterranean. The two neighbors have also been holding negotiations for a while between the military officials in a bid to realize confidence-building measures aimed at preventing confrontations in the Aegean Sea.
Turkey and Greece have a series of ongoing disagreements over their respective continental shelves in the Aegean Sea, as well as the militarization of certain Aegean islands and Cyprus.
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