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Ankara today…

Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas (l) gestures yesterday during a meeting in Istanbul with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios. Droutsas, due in Ankara today for talks with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, said he was keen to tackle issues straining bilateral ties. ‘We are determined to find common ground through dialogue,’ Droutsas told the Turkish newspaper Sabah. He said rapprochement could lead to cuts in defense spending. ‘Both countries spend billions in arms procurements, money that could be invested in health, education, culture.’