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Greek, Turkish leaders agree to avoid escalating tensions

Greek, Turkish leaders agree to avoid escalating tensions

Brussels, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan on Monday agreed to avoid the escalating tensions despite existing differences.
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During a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit meeting, taken place on Monday in Brussels, both leaders held a one-hour closed-door talk. The scenario was quite positive.

Both Mitsotakis and Erdogan agreed upon the need to forget about tension that characterized the end of 2020 as both nations were on the verge of an armed conflict.

The sides talked about migration management, one of the issues that are continuously parts of bilateral outbursts. Greece and Turkey have a dispute over maritime delimitation in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean, as well as in Cyprus issue.

Greece representation assured that Mitsotakis asked Erdogan, as a gesture of goodwill, to accept 1,450 asylum-seekers to return, who arrived in Greece after passing through Turkey, as set out in the 2016 EU-Turkey joint statement on migration.

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