Pompeo to Turkey: Immediately reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean

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Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean were the focus of a meeting between US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, on Sunday.

According to the US Secretary of State in a Twitter post, he stressed to Cavusoglu during the “timely conversation” that there was an “urgent need to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

The two ministers met in the Dominican Republic and also discussed the situation in Syria and Libya.

For his part, the Turkish Foreign Minister said Ankara will continue to defend its rights, as well as the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, against “the provocative steps of the Greek and Greek Cypriot sides.”

Earlier, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell also sent a strong message to Turkey, urging Ankara not to undermine efforts to resume dialogue and immediately de-escalate.

RELATED: Erdogan says Turkey ‘will not back down’ in east Med standoff.

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