Von der Leyen, Stoltenberg welcome restart of Greek-Turkish exploratory talks

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Eastern Mediterranean and welcomed the restart of Greek-Turkish exploratory talks, in a video teleconference on Thursday.

“Very useful exchange with President Erdogan on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and on migration. I welcome the planned launch of talks with Greece, which are essential for stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and for a constructive relationship with the EU,” she said on her Twitter account of the conversation.

In a similar message, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he had spoken with the Turkish leader. “Spoke with President Erdogan about the situation in the EastMed and the ongoing efforts of NATO for military de-confliction to avoid incidents & accidents. Both Turkey & Greece are valued allies and NATO is a platform for dialogue,” the alliance chief said in a tweet.