U.S. President Donald Trump, in a phone call on Aug. 26 with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, expressed concern about tensions between Greece and Turkey and urged the two NATO allies to commit to a dialogue about their dispute over the eastern Mediterranean.
“President Trump reaffirmed that Greece and Turkey must commit to dialogue, which is the only path to resolving their differences. The two leaders also discussed important bilateral and regional issues,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere.
The U.S. president also spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, discussing “regional developments and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.”
“President Erdoğan reminded [Trump] that Turkey is not the party that creates instability in the eastern Mediterranean and that Turkey proved its stance on reducing tensions and engaging in dialogue with solid steps it took,” read a statement released from the Turkish Presidency.