Greece, Turkey Hold Talks in Ankara Amid Bilateral Tensions

Greek and Turkish diplomats are holding their first regular political consultations in Ankara on Friday following the dispute over Turkey’s controversial maritime demarcation deal with Libya.

A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement on Jan. 9 announced “In the framework of regular political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkey and Greece, talks will be held in Ankara on 10 January 2020 between delegations under the chairmanship of H.E. Ambassador Sedat Önal, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Ambassador Themistoklis Demiris, secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.”

Bilateral relations, along with regional and international issues, will be addressed during today’s political consultations, the statement added.

Apart from the difficult, long-standing issues between the two countries, relations soured again recently after the signing of a deal between Turkey and Libya’s UN-recognized government in Tripoli, which claims that there is a maritime border between the two countries.