Erdoğan, Mitsotakis discuss cooperation in phone call

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a phone call with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday, in the first direct communication between the two leaders since their meeting in December 2019.

The pair discussed bi-lateral relations and cooperation in the fields of tourism, security and the economy, state-run Anadolu news agency said, citing the Communications Directorate.

Erdoğan and Mitsotakis agreed to keep communication channels between the countries open, Anadolu said.

Tensions have been flaring for months between Athens and Ankara over Turkey’s maritime jurisdiction areas and drilling activities in the East Mediterranean.

Greece has recorded many numbers of territorial and airspace invasions by Turkey in the Aegean over the past few years and the two NATO allies are engaged in a dispute over the position of their continental shelf, an area exceeding territorial waters where states maintain the right to utilize undersea resources.