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Turkey, Greece to resume exploratory talks to discuss maritime disputes

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Turkish and Greek military delegations are expected to resume technical exploratory talks on territorial claims at NATO headquarters next week, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

The NATO- brokered talks to discuss maritime disputes in eastern Mediterranean was suspended as Greece’s withdrawal due to Turkey’s redeployment of its seismic research vessel Oruç Reis for hydrocarbon exploration in the region in October.

Technical talks between Turkey and Greece were launched last year, following a phone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in early September, resulting in the Turkish and Greek military delegations agreeing on general principles, Anadolu said.  

Earlier this week the Greek Foreign Ministry said talks would begin with Turkey on Jan.25.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also on Monday said that Ankara was making an official offer to Athens to resume exploratory talks within January, Turkish state-run TRT news reported.

"This is an invitation, and I hope that Greece does not reject this invitation and exploratory talks can resume within this month,” Çavuşoğlu said.Greece and Turkey have long disagreed on overlapping claims on hydrocarbon resources in the region, with both sides holding conflicting views of how far their continental shelves extend in the waters.

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