FM Dendias has series of contacts over Turkish actions in East Mediterranean

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias has initiated several contacts with counterparts in other countries on Wednesday over the issue of Turkish provocations in the East Mediterranean, and particularly the presence of Turkish research vessel ‘Oruc Reis’.

His diplomatic efforts include the following:

– He will meet with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo in Vienna on Friday (August 14). While in Vienna, he will participate online in the extraordinary EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting which he requested of the EU.

According to EU High Representative on issues of Foreign Policy Josep Borrell, the meeting will “discuss urgent issues and address the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Belarus Presidential elections, as well as developments in Lebanon.”

– Dendias spoke separately with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides and with his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi ahead of a visit to Israel on Thursday, where he will meet with both Ashkenazi and be received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also met with Ambassador of Israel to Greece Yossi Amrani at the Foreign Ministry in Athens.

In an earlier statement, the Israeli government expressed its full support of and solidarity to Greece and its rights in terms of maritime zones and exclusive economic zones, and said it was closely monitoring the rise of tension in the East Mediterranean.

– He spoke with his United Arab Emirates counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will visit Israel on Thursday, for meetings with the prime minister and the foreign minister.

‘Oruc Reis’ heading to Cyprus EEZ
Meanwhile, the Turkish research vessel ‘Oruc Reis’, which raised tension in the East Mediterranean in recent days, has exited the Greek continental shelf area and is sailing northeast, within the Cyprus Republic’s exclusive economic zone, and within the illegally issued Navtex, sources said on Wednesday night.