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Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panayiotopoulos

Defense Minister Asks NATO to Help Halt Migration Influx in Aegean

BRUSSELS – Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panayiotopoulos called for the strengthening of NATO’s presence in the Aegean Sea on Thursday to halt the migration influx from Turkey.
He said that at the two-day meeting of NATO’s defense Ministers in Brussels on February 12th and 13th.
The two-day session focused on developments in the strategic environment of the greater Middle East, including North Africa, the security situation in Afghanistan, the further development of EU-NATO relations and the Alliance’s operational issues.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Panayiotopoulos met with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, with whom he exchanged views on how the two countries’ military delegations could help reduce tension in bilateral relations at talks on the confidence-building measures scheduled to start in Athens on Monday.
The minister said he made it clear that “in order for the military dialogue to succeed, provocative actions that undermine any effort to build confidence must be avoided.”
Panayiotopoulos also met with counterparts from Estonia, Yuri Luik; Portugal, Joao Gomes Cravinho; and North Macedonia, Radmila Shekerinska.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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