Germany, Turkey seek better EU-Turkish ties

ISTANBUL (AP) — The German and Turkish top diplomats on Monday sought to boost prospects of better relations between Ankara and the European Union (EU) as Turkey and neighbouring EU member Greece embark on steps to solve a long-running dispute.

Germany has been trying to help ease tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies Turkey and Greece.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after meeting his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Ankara that there has been a “positive atmosphere” for EU-Turkish relations in recent days, following a tumultuous 2020.

Turkey and Greece last summer came close to blows due to a dispute on maritime boundaries and offshore energy rights in the Eastern Mediterranean.