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EU: FAC meeting Monday to focus on reducing tensions with Turkey in eastern Mediterranean

The EU Foreign Affairs Council meets for the first time in Brussels on Monday, 13 July, in the presence of EU foreign ministers, and one of the main issues is Turkey and the beginning of the de-escalation of tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, according to EU sources.

The meeting will be attended by Romanian Foreign Ministers Bogdan Aurescu, Greek Nikos Dendias, Ekaterina Zaharieva from Bulgaria, Nikos Christodoulides from Cyprus, Croatian Gordan Grlić-Radman and Anže Logar from Slovenia.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will brief European ministers on his recent visits to Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, and a wide-ranging debate is expected. The High Representative wishes to discuss all issues of difficult relations with Turkey, such as the issue of drilling, the issue of Euro-Turkish relations, the issue of Turkish actions in the central Mediterranean and Libya, the issue of Turkish measures in Syria, and so on. .

The foreign ministers will focus on the possibilities for further dialogue between the EU and Turkey.

According to the IBNA, Josep Borrell wants to talk to member states on how to resolve problems in relations with Turkey. Turkey’s measures in the eastern Mediterranean, such as illegal drilling, its attitude towards Operation Irini and its participation in Libya, must be taken into account.

In addition, the foreign ministers will exchange views on recent developments on a number of EU foreign policy issues, including the situation in Libya, the Middle East peace process, Hong Kong, the situation in Venezuela and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. in Latin America and the Caribbean.

On the sidelines of the Council, Nikos Dendias and Nikos Christodoulides will meet with EU High Representative Josep Borrell.

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