Dendias and Maas Talks to Focus on Developments in the East Med

October 13, 2020

ATHENS — Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will meet with his German counterpart Heiko Maas on Tuesday, at 20:00,

Their talks will focus on current developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region following Turkey's provocative actions, as well as on EU-Turkey relations, according to a foreign ministry statement.

German FM Maas' message before his trip to Cyprus and Greece

German Foreign Minister Haiko Maas, in a statement on Tuesday before his departure for Greece and Cyprus, called on Turkey to stop "the game of switching between de-escalation and provocation" and "not shut the window for dialogue with Greece once again through unilateral actions". He also warned Ankara that doing the things announced in its latest Navtex would greatly set back its relations with the EU.

"Cyprus and Greece are our partners in the EU," Maas said, adding that the reason for his visit to Nicosia and Athens was to assure them of the EU's full solidarity, in the context of his role as chair of the EU council of ministers.

The German minister pointed out that the geography of the Eastern Mediterranean will not change and Turkey will remain a neighbour of Greece and Cyprus. For this reason, he added, all the parties must continue to work for a "judicious neighbourly relationship". This requires a sincere effort on all sides, Maas said and added: Exploratory talks can only lead to the goal if there is a constructive atmosphere.

(ANA-MPA/E. Zarkadoula)



ATHENS - Turkish criticism of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou for calling the killings of Pontic Greeks more than 100 years ago a genocide were a further attempt to hide the truth of what happened, Greece's Foreign Ministry said.

Top Stories

United States

JANUARY 14-17 GLENBROOK, NV – The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco 2022 Young Adult Winter Retreat ‘Citizens of the Desert: Embracing Our Role as Christian Witnesses to Our World’ takes place January 14-17, Martin Luther King weekend, at Lake Tahoe, the Galilee Camp and Conference Center, 1776 U.


CHICAGO – The Greek Women’s University Club (GWUC) celebrated the organization’s 90th anniversary and the launch of the Hellenic Revolution’s 200th anniversary with a scholarship presentation to three female students on December 29th at Jameson’s Charhouse.


The long-awaited historical epic film My Beloved Smyrna (Σμυρνη Μου Αγαπημενη)  has arrived in Greek cinema theaters after a glamorous premiere at the Megaron - Athens Concert Hall.


TNH’s Happenings of the Week by Eraklis Diamataris

The National Herald’s Happenings of the Week (Jan 8 – Jan 15) as have been reported at the print and digital editions of TNH and presented by the TNH Editor Eraklis Diamataris.