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Euro-Turkish Relations Dominate Dendias, Borrell, Christodoulides’ Meeting

BRUSSELS — Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, together with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Christodoulides, met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on the sidelines of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), which is taking place in Brussels on Monday.

The focus of the meeting was on Euro-Turkish relations, according to a foreign ministry post on Twitter. This will also the main issue on the agenda of the FAC meeting, the first in a long time to be held with the ministers physically present, rather than online.

In particular, the foreign ministers will focus on the overall approach to EU-Turkey relations, with an emphasis on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean, bilateral EU-Turkey co-operation, including in the migration and refugee crisis and related issues in Libya and Syria.

In a television interview on Sunday, Dendias said that he will also raise the issue of Turkey's conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque and ask his counterparts to prepare a list of strong measures against Turkey if it should violate Greek sovereignty and Greek sovereign rights, as well as EU support in imposing sanctions on Turkey for violating Cyprus' rights.

Furthermore, the foreign ministers are expected to address current issues of international interest, such as developments in Libya, the Middle East peace process and recent developments in Hong Kong and Venezuela.

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