Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, EU Council President Charles Michel and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a trilateral teleconference on Tuesday, assessing developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Greek-Turkish relations in the run-up to a possible summit.
Erdoğan said Greece’s steps would be important in terms of “how to revitalize the channels of dialogue” between the two sides.
The Turkish president also expressed confidence that constructive decisions would be taken by a regional conference with the participation of all parties, including the Turkish-Cypriots.
According to the information of the Turkish presidency, during the trilateral conference, it emerged that Greece and Turkey are ready to start exploratory conversations.
According to Erdoğan, reciprocal steps are needed on both sides to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, while “Turkey is always the one that emphasizes dialogue and negotiations, despite the challenges that are contrary to common sense.”
Expressing his appreciation for Germany’s mediation efforts, Erdoğan said that the steps Greece needs to take will be important in terms of agreeing on the resumption of exploratory conversations and the revitalization of other channels of dialogue.
Apart from the three leaders, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Hulusi Akar participated in the teleconference.