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German minister in Athens, focused on East Med tension

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, welcomes his German counterpart Heiko Maas prior their talks in Athens, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Pho...
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, adjusts his mask during the arrival of his German counterpart Heiko Maas before their meeting in Athens, on Tues...
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, welcomes his German counterpart Heiko Maas prior their meeting in Athens, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP P...

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, welcomes his German counterpart Heiko Maas prior their talks in Athens, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Pho...

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, adjusts his mask during the arrival of his German counterpart Heiko Maas before their meeting in Athens, on Tues...

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, welcomes his German counterpart Heiko Maas prior their meeting in Athens, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP P...

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister was in Athens Tuesday for a visit focused on trying to ease escalating tensions between NATO allies Greece and Turkey over drilling rights in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Germany hosted unannounced talks with senior Greek and Turkish government officials earlier this month to try and restart discussions, a senior Greek official confirmed last week.

The official asked not to be named, citing the informal nature of the meeting.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, began talks with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, and was to be received later Tuesday by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.


Updated : 2021-01-20 06:14 GMT+08:00