Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar held a phone call with the German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
In the phone call, both sides exchanged opinions regarding recent topics and developments mainly Eastern Mediterranean and joint and regional defense.
Some headlines given by Minister Aktar are:
- Turkey supports dialogue for a resolution and doesn’t side with a deadlock
– Other countries involved should approach the situation with understanding and within the spirit of alliances
– Turkey’s cause is justified and determined, and under no circumstances will accept cheap solutions for a quick resolution and insist on defending their rights on international legal platforms.
Hulusi Akar previously welcomed NATO Military Committee Chairman General Stuart Peach
NATO Military Committee Chairman General Stuart Peach was in Turkey as a guest of TAF General Staff Chairman General Yaşar Güler. Minister of National Defense Hulusi Aktar welcomed NATO Military Committee Chairman Mr. Peach on September 7th, 2020 on the Ministry of National Defense.
At the meeting attended by General Staff Chairman General Güler latest developments regarding Eastern Mediterranean were discussed. Other headlines included NATO General Secretary’s initiatives and other regional NATO topics. In the briefing of the meeting released, NATO General Secretariat’s call for dialogue was responded with positivity. Minister Akar also said that Turkey’ was conducting a mission within the guidelines of all countries’ legal rights on the Eastern Mediterranean. He added that any tension can be eased down with international law, bilateral agreements, dialogue and positive thinking between neighboring countries. Other countries involved in the situation were also mentioned, said that their understanding is the key element.
At the meeting, it was underlined that Turkey’s rights, involvement and mission in the waters including those off Cyprus were to be preserved with determination and strength, as it had always been. It was also stated that Turkey always fulfilled their duties for NATO and would continue to do so regardless of the situation.