An Olive Branch to Egypt, Velvet Glove to Greece

Minister of Defence Hulusi Akar accompanied by Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander Gen. Ümit Dündar, Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Küçükakyüz and Naval Forces Commander Admiral Adnan Özbal attended the Blue Homeland 2021 Exercise at the Aegean Sea. Akar and the delegation followed the drill at the TCG ORUÇREİS frigate. Minister Akar passed some messages to Egypt and Greece. Akar, drawing attention to Turkey and Greece’s problems, said, “We are open to negotiations on this issue, and we wish to use all peaceful ways and methods”. Akar has also evaluated Egypt’s decision to open a tender for hydrocarbon exploration in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Akar stated that Turkey welcomes Egypt’s decision to declare tender by respecting Turkey’s previous declaration to the UN.