Greek diplomacy ticks off Turkey

The "Philia (Friendship) Forum" that brought together in Athens four Mediterranean states (Cyprus, Egypt, France and Greece) and three Gulf states (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) on Thursday apparently touched a raw nerve in Turkey, which reacted with a strongly worded statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy.

Despite that, the Greek government appears satisfied, both with the forum's results, as expressed in the participants' joint statement, and other diplomatic moves, such as the increasingly closer relations with Israel and diplomatic contacts with other countries in the region, such as Iraq, whose Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, as well as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday.

"It is not possible for any forum not including Turkey, the key country in its region, and Turkish...

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