Selava Omar – Xeber24.net – “Agencies”
On Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Turkey to withdraw its forces from the eastern Mediterranean region, and announced that he would visit Cyprus on Saturday to seek a peaceful solution to end the growing tension there.
Pompeo will hold talks in Cyprus after a visit to Doha, where he will participate in the launch of the long-awaited talks between the Afghan government and the “Taliban” movement.
Pompeo said Thursday that his visit to Cyprus comes as a continuation of contacts made by US President Donald Trump with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister “Kyriakos Mitsotakis”.
Pompeo referred to Germany’s role in seeking to reduce tension, as France played a key role in the maritime dispute, as it strongly supported Greece and Cyprus.
“We hope that there will be a real dialogue and we hope that the military hardware will be withdrawn so that these talks can be held,” Pompeo said.
Turkey, which is searching for gas and oil reserves in waters claimed by NATO member Greece, last month deployed an expedition ship supported by military frigates.
Greece responded with naval military exercises.
And Pompeo’s visit came shortly after the United States lifted the decades-old arms embargo on Cyprus, which angered Turkey.