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Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Evangelos Venizelos paid a visit to Ankara on July 19. With his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, Mr. Venizelos discussed bilateral relations as well as the relations with the European Union (EU) and regional developments with respect to Middle East.
"This visit is a result of the close friendship and neighborhood relations between the two countries as well as a natural reflection of the strategic relations which we have further developed through High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council," the Greek official said. The two Ministers also underlined the importance of the agreement reached on the TAP Project with respect to Turkish-Greek relations, and described as a "pipeline of peace and development" by Mr. Venizelos.
As the government of Cyprus keeps questioning Turkey's "illegitimate" actions inside Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Mr. Davutoglu said that exploratory talks are necessary to solve the Cyprus issue with a view to enabling peace and welfare to prevail in the Eastern Mediterranean. "We are looking for a solution that is just, viable, functional within the framework set down by the UN. It is obvious that if we lack the political will, and if we lack good faith, we will not find this solution easily," the Turkish official said, holding Cyprus responsible for the ongoing difficulties.
"All the countries know the rules of the international law of the sea," answered Mr. Venizelos' whom visit to Ankara was his first to Turkey since he was appointed following the June 25 reshuffle of the government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Mr. Davutoglu intends to visit Athens in November or December. Greece will be assuming the EU Presidency in a few months (January 1 to June 30, 2014) and supports Turkey's EU accession process.
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