Turkish President Erdoğan receives NATO chief Stoltenberg

Baku, March 12, AZERTAC

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday evening at the Presidential Complex in the capital Ankara, according to Daily Sabah.

Erdoğan and Stoltenberg gathered behind closed doors and discussed a range of issues for about an hour, amid continued efforts to resolve differences between Turkey and Greece over the Eastern Mediterranean.

According to Turkey's Communications Directorate, Erdoğan and Stoltenberg discussed bilateral relations between Turkey and NATO, and regional issues including the Eastern Mediterranean, Syria and Libya.

Erdoğan also said that Turkey alone struggled against the migration crisis in order to provide security and stability in the region and Europe. He added that Turkey has also become the only NATO member that spent sincere efforts to reestablish order in Libya.

Erdoğan noted that many international organizations' past decisions have called on Armenia to immediately, completely and unconditionally leave the Azerbaijani territories it occupies.

The president also said that some NATO allies' partnership with the YPG/PKK terrorist group and hesitation to extradite members of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) seriously damage the alliance's solidarity.

Following the meeting, Stoltenberg said on Twitter: "Good meeting with President @RTErdogan in Ankara today on a range of security issues. We discussed the military de-confliction mechanism developed @NATO for the #EastMed."

He said he hoped the deconfliction mechanism recently established between Ankara and Athens at NATO-hosted meetings could create space for diplomatic efforts.

Also present at the meeting were Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Ambassador to NATO Basat Öztürk.

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