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Today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed his call for the European Union to take an objective and balanced position on all regional issues, especially the Eastern Mediterranean, without being drawn into incitement.

According to a statement issued by the Office of the Communication Department in the Turkish Presidency, Erdogan discussed with Mr. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, relations between Turkey and the European Union and regional developments, especially the Eastern Mediterranean.

The statement stressed that Turkey is open to sincere dialogue based on justice, fairness and protection of the rights of all parties.

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He stressed that Turkey is determined to continue protecting its rights at every place and time against unilateral steps that ignore its rights and interests.

It is noteworthy that a dispute erupted several months ago between Turkey and Greece, two members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), over the maritime borders and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

On the other hand, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced today, the end of the fourth meeting between its delegation and its Greek counterpart, at NATO headquarters, in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

In a statement, the ministry stated that the fourth technical meeting between the Turkish and Greek delegations, to discuss ways of “resolving the conflict,” has ended.

She added that it is planned to hold the next meeting between the two delegations, within the next week.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and the Turkish president have previously agreed to launch technical talks between Ankara and Athens, to establish mechanisms to avoid skirmishes in the eastern Mediterranean.