Greek, Turkish defense ministers pledge to work on improving ties

Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos (photo) and his Turkish counterpart Ismet Yilmaz on Tuesday pledged to work together to boost improving bilateral ties and solve longstanding disagreements in a meeting on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels.

Avramopoulos said he saw the two countries cooperating as “stability factors in the wider region” and proposed that they “follow a policy of peaceful and good relations.”

Yilmaz echoed his words, saying Greece and Turkey should “reinforce this peaceful environment between us.” He added that Ankara wanted a solution to the Cyprus problem and that disagreements relating to the Aegean and the delineation of the continental shelf can be solved “according to international law, taking into account the interests of both countries.”