Greece: Turkey

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on diplomatic tensions between Greece and Turkey.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

On 3 March 2020, as part of wider discussions of regional and bilateral issues, the Foreign Secretary discussed with Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the UK's concern about irregular migration on the Greece-Turkey border, currently a source of tension between the two countries. He also paid respect to the fact that Turkey has helped support millions of Syrian refugees. This conversation built upon wider dialogue we have with counterparts about diplomatic tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean region. We judge it is critical for stability in the Eastern Mediterranean that disputes between Greece and Turkey are resolved only through constructive dialogue and in accordance with international law.

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