Ankara and Athens can solve problems through dialogue: Turkish defense chief

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ANKARA

Ankara and Athens can solve their problems through mutual negotiations and dialogue, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday.

“We believe that problems can be solved through mutual negotiations and dialogue. We persist in this approach. But on the other hand, everyone should know that we will not allow a fait accompli or an undesirable situation under any circumstances,” he said. said Akar during the distinguished activities of the day of the observers of the exercise “Free Fire-2022” in the capital Ankara.

He added that Turkey always follows a “responsible, careful and patient” policy to ensure peace and stability.

Recalling his meeting last week with Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels, Akar said: “We openly expressed our feelings and thoughts to them. We have declared that for a comprehensive and permanent solution, we must meet and maintain dialogue.

“We have said that within the framework of good neighborly relations, these problems can be solved within the framework of international law. We always believe that our problems can be solved by talking and meeting as two neighbors, two allies, and with a sincere dialogue, without getting third parties involved in this regard.”

Akar added that Turkey is not a threat to anyone, but rather a “strong, reliable and effective” ally.

Türkiye, a NATO member for more than 70 years, has complained about Greece’s repeated provocative actions and rhetoric in the region in recent months, including the arming of islands near Turkey’s coast that are demilitarized under treaty obligations, claiming that such actions frustrate its good faith efforts for peace. .

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly warned Greece against militarizing the Aegean islands, in violation of long-standing international treaties, saying “We could come suddenly one night” without giving a time frame.

*Written by Diyar Guldogan

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