Brussels, Belgium – Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos met briefly with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO defense minister in Brussels on Thursday.

The brief conversation – which comes amid a sharp spike in tension between Greece and Turkey – was captured on camera, though its content has not bee in divulged.

Turkish, Greek defence ministers emphasize dialogue to ease tensions.

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar met with his Greek counterpart Nikos Panagiotopoulos at the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels and discussed maintaining dialogue to ease recently heightened tensions, Turkish media said on Thursday.

State broadcaster TRT Haber also said they discussed keeping communication lines open to solve problems and that focusing on positive bilateral agendas contributes to good neighbourly relations.

Turkish defense minister Hulusi Akar had stated his intention to meet with his Greek counterpart Nikos Panagiotopoulos on Wednesday, showing a peaceful stance after rebuking Greek MPs during a NATO parliamentary committee meeting in Istanbul the day before.