Turkey: Erdogan and Trump speak over the phone

Turkey: Erdogan and Trump speak over the phone

The Turkish president discussed on the phone bilateral relations and regional developments with his US counterpart on Wednesday, particularly regarding the Eastern Mediterranean.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan reminded Donald Trump that Turkey is not the side that creates instability in the Eastern Mediterranean, according to a statement from the Turkish Communications Directorate.

The Turkish President stressed that Turkey has shown with “concrete actions” that it wants to reduce tensions and start a dialogue on the issue.

Greece has challenged Turkey’s ongoing energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, trying to roll into Turkish maritime territory based on small islands off the Turkish coast.

White House Deputy Spokesman Judd Deere also commented on the Trump phone call.

“President Trump reaffirmed that Greece and Turkey must commit to dialogue, which is the only path to resolving their differences. The two leaders also discussed important bilateral and regional issues”, he stated on Twitter.

In an earlier tweet, Deere had also announced that Trump spoke with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and discussed bilateral and regional issues.

He also added that Trump “expressed concern” over the escalating tensions between NATO allies Turkey and Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean. /ibna