Brussels, Belgium – Turkey and Greece are ready to start exploratory talks, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Union Council President Charles Michel.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a three-way video conference call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Union (EU) Council President Charles Michel. According to a statement from the communications presidency, the trilateral summit discussed Turkey-EU relations extensively. At the summit, where developments in the eastern Mediterranean were also evaluated, it was stated that Turkey and Greece are ready to start exploratory talks.

At the meeting, President Erdogan stated that the relative momentum captured in order to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and operate dialogue channels should be maintained by mutual steps.

Expressing appreciation for Germany’s mediation efforts, President Erdogan said that the steps taken by Greece will be important in how to move forward with the agreement reached at the point of reviving the exploratory talks and other channels of dialogue.

President Erdogan said he believes that a regional conference in the Eastern Mediterranean with the participation of all parties, including the Turkish Cypriots, will lead to positive and constructive decisions that will benefit everyone.

Noting that he hopes that the EU leaders ‘ summit, which begins on Thursday, will breathe new life into Turkey-EU relations, President Erdogan expressed no doubt that Turkey-EU relations can be moved back into a positive environment if concrete steps are taken in good faith on the issues of a customs union agreement, visa liberalisation and migration agreement.

President Erdogan said that the development of a healthy EU cooperation with Turkey will contribute to the solution of regional problems, and expressed satisfaction with the efforts of Merkel and Michel to bring a positive agenda to Turkey-EU relations.

President Michel performs with Merkel and Erdogan trilateral meeting, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of National Defense, Hulusi Akar, head of Turkish National Intelligence Agency, Hakan Fidan, head of the presidential administration Metin Kiratli Dialog President Fahrettin Altun, Doğan Hasan, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, presidential chief of staff Hasan Doğan also were present.

After a video conference call between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, European Union (EU) Council President Charles Michel and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it was reported that preparations at the level of advisers will continue on the Turkish-Greek independence talks.

Barend Leyts, a spokesman for the president of the EU Council Michel, informed reporters after the trilateral meeting that Erdogan, Michel and Merkel discussed Turkey-EU relations in various dimensions.

“Michel, Erdogan and Merkel also discussed the resumption of direct negotiations between Turkey and Greece. Preparations will continue at the level of consultants on this issue. the phrase ” used.