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Pompeo says US-Greek relations at 'all-time high,' urges Athens-Ankara talks

In Greece, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Athens and Ankara to resume talks over maritime disputes ahead of an EU summit later this week that is expected to address lingering tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) waves next to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) during his visit to the Naval Support Activity base at Souda, the foremost US naval facility in the eastern Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on September 29, 2020, concludes a two-day visit to Greece on with a tour of a strategically vital NATO base on a trip aimed at easing tensions between Greece and Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / P

ISTANBUL — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Greece Monday and urged Athens and Ankara to resume talks over lingering disputes over maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

During his two-day visit, Pompeo said US-Greece relations were at an “all-time high” Tuesday, highlighting increased security cooperation between Washington and Athens before prompting Greece and Turkey to de-escalate a long-running spat over contested areas of the Mediterranean.

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