Greece foreign minister plans rare Turkey visit: Ankara
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will pay a rare trip to Ankara next month as talks intensify on the two countries' maritime border disputes, his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday.
Dendias will visit on April 14 to try to arrange a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Cavusoglu said, adding that he would then pay a return visit to Athens.
"Dendias has been a close friend of mine for many years," Cavusoglu told reporters.
The talks resumed after a nearly five-year hiatus in Istanbul in January, but both sides have remained tight-lipped about any progress.
Official contacts are rare between the two members of the NATO defence alliance.
Both NATO and the European Union have put pressure on the two countries to resume contacts after their gunboats collided while Greece was shadowing a Turkish energy exploration mission in disputed waters last August.
The dispute intensified following the discover of large natural gas deposits in waters around the divided island of Cyprus in the past decade.
After the latest round of talks Tuesday, Erdogan said it was "out of the question for us to make any concessions".