Merkel Expresses Solidarity to Greece and Cyprus over East Med Developments

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel conveyed the concern of the European Council over the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and its support of Greece and Cyprus, during a teleconference on Wednesday.

Germany holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.

Every possible effort must be made to de-escalate the dangerous tension in the region, Merkel said at the end of the meeting which focused on Belarus. The Council, she added, expressed solidarity to Greece and Cyprus in terms of their rights.

She also reiterated that September's European Council will focus on the EU's relations with Turkey, "something that has multiple facets, of course."

Germany, she underlined, supports the restart of dialogue on disagreements concerning the delineation of maritime borders between the two countries, a dialogue that continued until 2016. "From our point of view, it must restart, especially between Greece and Turkey," she said, but expressed concern over the escalation and said "we shall return to the issue in depth in September."

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