ANKARA 

Washington “strongly” supports dialogue between NATO allies of Turkey and Greece, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday during his two-day visit to Greece.

Speaking at a news conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Souda Bay, the US naval base on the island of Crete, Pompeo encouraged the two countries to resume talks as soon as possible.

“I spoke with [NATO] Secretary General Stoltenberg just two days ago on the progress being made in NATO,” Pompeo said, “And we hope that these talks can continue in a serious way.”

“The US also believes deeply, the development of the Eastern Mediterranean should promote cooperation and provide a foundation for the durable energy security and economic prosperity of the entire region,” he added.

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