US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken held a series of telephone conversations today with the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Greece, Mevlüt Çavuşo and Nikos Dendias, respectively.
According to a State Department statement, during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Blinken stressed the long-standing importance of US-Turkey bilateral relations, the common interest in the fight against terrorism and the importance of democratic institutions, governance without exception and respect for it. rights Both sides pledged to boost co-operation and support a political solution to the conflict in Syria. The US Secretary of State expressed his condolences over the death of Turkish hostages in northern Iraq and reaffirmed the US view that PKK terrorists are responsible. Blinken urged Turkey not to maintain Russia’s S-400 missile system. The US Secretary of State also expressed his support for ongoing exploratory talks between NATO allies Turkey and Greece.
During a telephone conversation between US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, the State Department announced that the two men reiterated their commitment to further strengthening US-Greece bilateral relations, including through the US Strategic Dialogue. .BA 3 + 1 Mechanism with Cyprus and Israel, as well as close cooperation in the field of defense, energy diversification and stability in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region. Minister Blinken welcomed the continuation of the Greek leadership in promoting the Transatlantic and European integration of the Western Balkans. Blinken and Dendias reaffirmed the historic importance of Northern Macedonia’s accession to NATO. The US Secretary of State expressed his support for the continuation of exploratory talks between the NATO Allies of Greece and Turkey and congratulated Greece on celebrating the 200th anniversary of the start of the Greek liberation war this year.
In a Twitter post, the Greek Foreign Minister wrote that “I spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken. Both acknowledged that bilateral relations between the two countries have reached their highest level ever. In this context, ways to further improve strategic cooperation were discussed, with special emphasis on energy and defense. I briefed my American counterpart on deepening relations with the Middle East and Gulf countries, both bilaterally and in a multilateral context. I also spoke about developments in the wider region, including Libya, Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean, also referring to Turkish actions. “
It is not new that the Greek Minister did not make any reference to his message regarding Northern Macedonia and the Western Balkans.