Turkish Ally Qatar Offers to Mediate for Greek Soldiers’ Freedom

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos (2nd left) with visiting Qatari counterpart Khalid Al Attiyah in Athens.

A day after Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said he believed the two Greek soldiers being held in Turkey were taken on the orders of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Qatar has offered to mediate for their release.

Qatar is a close ally of Turkey and its defense minister, Khalid Al Attiyah, reportedly made the offer in a statement after an official visit to Greece on Thursday.

Second Lieutenant Angelos Mitroudis and Sergeant Dimitris Kouklatzis have been held in a jail in Edirne since early March when they mistakenly crossed the Turkish border in poor weather at the Evros river.

Since then, Turkey’s president has explicitly linked their case with that of the eight Turkish soldiers seeking asylum in Greece after fleeing their country following the July 2016 coup attempt.