Germany: FM Maas calls for dialogue between Athens and Ankara over Eastern Mediterranean tensions

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that a dialogue between Turkey and Greece was needed to achieve diplomatic solution over the Eastern Mediterranean conflict, Maas made the comments whilst speaking to the media before the EU foreign ministers 'Gymnich meeting' in Berlin on Thursday. «We need a diplomatic solution to this conflict. We've discussed this with both sides this week in Ankara and Athens, no one wants to solve this conflict with a vessel war in the Eastern Mediterranean. Thus, we must initiate this process with a conversation between Athens and Ankara. The situation is still very difficult,» explained Maas adding that a halt on Mediterranean sea manoeuvres was needed to start the dialogue between Athens and Ankara. During the presser, Maas also added that EU-Turkey relations were at risk may no diplomatic solution is found for the Greek and Turkish conflict and therefore the EU will seek to «utilise all possibilities to find a diplomatic solution for this crisis.» Maas visited Greece and Turkey in the hope of de-escalating the situation between the neighbouring countries over resource claims in the eastern Mediterranean Sea earlier on Tuesday.

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