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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Greece + Turkey tensions could be thawing

Breakthrough? Greece and Turkey avoid arguing at a press conference. Greece wants to gradually normalize relations with its neighbor and longtime foe Turkey, Greek FM Nikos Dendias said after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu yesterday. The two ministers agreed that the Greek and Turkish presidents will sit down for a face-to-face meeting at next week’s Nato Summit, and announced agreements on a "limited list" of economic partnerships.

A change in tone: The vibe of the press conference was markedly different to April’s meeting, when a joint statement by the two ministers degenerated into a public spat over sovereignty and regional interests. The rivals are at odds over many issues, from competing territorial claims to migrant boats and the status of Cyprus, and last year came close to armed conflict over natural gas resources in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Israel and the UAE have inked a agreement to avoid double taxation, Israeli Finance Minister Israel Katz said yesterday.

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