FM Dendias meets counterpart Le Drian in France, both attend EU teleconference

The issue of Turkish provocative behavior in the Aegean was raised by Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias in two separate meetings, in France with his counterpart and in a teleconference both men had as part of the EU Council of Foreign Ministers on Monday.

In France, Dendias discussed expanding the Greek-French strategic relationship with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Diplomatic sources said they discussed the coronavirus pandemic and its repercussion, Libya, and the importance of respecting International Law and the Law of the Sea in the East Mediterranean. Dendias thanked France “for its consistent support as friend and ally in the provocations that Greece faces from the escalating illegal behavior of Turkey.”
The Council meeting that followed via teleconference was also attended by US State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo.

In a statement, Dendias said he raised the issue of Turkish aggression jointly with Le Drian during a discussion on the western Balkans. The meeting also discussed the global repercussions of the pandemic and on misinformation, the situation in China and Hong Kong, the Middle East peace talks and Ukraine and the western Balkans.

Diplomatic sources said that Dendias underlined that Turkish aggression was an insult both to Greece and the European Union, which has repeatedly called on Turkey to respect international law and promote peace and stability in the area.

In Paris, the Greek Foreign minister also spoke by telephone with UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, about the recitation of a section of the Quran in Santa Sophia, a monument on the world heritage list that now serves as a museum. She said that the international organization is following the issue.