The EU’s goal is to have a constructive dialogue with Turkey, said the European Council president, Charles Michel, in a letter of invitation to European leaders ahead of the October 1st and 2nd Summit in Brussels.
“All options remain on the table to defend the legitimate interests of the EU and its Member States”, M. Michel said in the letter.
Meanwhile, yesterday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that he was “moderately optimistic that now is the time for diplomacy”. Speaking from Chania during his joint statements with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Prime Minister summed up the Greek positions in four words, “no to unilateral actions”.
For his part, Mr. Pompeo supported the initiatives for stability in the region, expressing the hope that the exploratory contacts that are beginning will bear fruit.
At the same time, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is leaving for Cyprus today, where he will meet with his counterpart from the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulidis. According to the relevant information, the discussions will focus on the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region and the Greek-Cyprus coordination in view of the forthcoming European Council, as well as on issues of bilateral, European and regional interest.