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Turkish, Greek defence ministers meet amid renewed tensions

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) – The defence ministers of Greece and Turkey met yesterday on the sidelines of a NATO meeting amid renewed tensions between the neighbouring countries and allies, Turkey’s defence ministry said.

The discussion in Brussels between Turkey’s Hulusi Akar and Nikos Panagiotopoulos of Greece focussed on the “importance of continuing the dialogue in order to reduce tensions”, according to a ministry statement.

They discussed the need to keep channels of communication open, to focus on a positive agenda and bilateral and regional cooperation according to the statement.

Greek government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said yesterday, “Greece has no intention of engaging in any way that would heighten the tension in the region.”

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, (C), speaks with Greek Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos. PHOTO: AP