In recent days, the Turkish government has given priority to developing relations with Israel and the Palestinians. But planning for a meeting that Mevlut Cavusoglu is expected to hold with Nikos Dendias continues as usual following contacts the two ministers established in Ankara.
It is reported that the Turkish Foreign Minister plans to visit Athens in late May. The exact date of the Turkish minister’s arrival has yet to be determined, and further talks with the Greek government are expected after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which starts today and ends on Sunday.
In addition to the agenda of the main negotiations, negotiations should be held on Mr. Cavusoglu’s program, since Nikos Dendias visited Istanbul in April and flew to Ankara the next day. Meanwhile, the press secretary of the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin said that Turkish troops remain in Libya. In an interview with Hürriyet, he said that Turkey is in Libya due to an agreement it signed with the Tripoli government in 2019. “The main reason for the presence of our army is training. We know that some circles are putting pressure on the Libyan government to withdraw Turkish troops. However, the Libyans showed a clear position and stressed that our presence will continue within the framework of the agreement. “
Mr. Kalin also touched upon his country’s relations with the EU and argued that Turkey had taken all the necessary steps to get closer to Brussels. “The EU needs to take clear steps. On the issue of updating the Customs Union and the refugee agreement, everything is decided by the EU court. We have fulfilled all our obligations. They must present their vision, and not throw all the blame on Turkey, ”he said.
Relations with the USA
Regarding relations with Washington, a spokesman for the Turkish president said that the exclusion of Ankara from the F-35 joint production program is “illegal” and stressed that the Turkish government expects the United States to abandon the lack of alternative arms supplies from non-NATO countries.
“We see no risk or security threat to the F-35,” he said, referring to the delivery of Russian S-400s. Mr. Kalin stressed that “these issues can be resolved through consultations. We would like to cooperate with our allies, but this leaves us no alternative. “