Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Friday to make energy sources in the eastern Mediterranean a focus of cooperation rather than conflict.
In a speech during the opening session of the Diplomatic Forum in Antalya, southern Turkey, Erdogan stressed his country’s desire to enhance cooperation with all regions from Africa to Latin America, and from the Pacific Ocean to Asia.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece over energy sources in the eastern Mediterranean and the island of Cyprus nearly led to clashes between them last year.
An international forum was launched in the Turkish city of Antalya under the title “Innovative Diplomacy: a new era and new approaches”.
The forum discusses the importance of diplomatic work and its development in order to address the issues and problems facing the world.
The forum will witness a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings between presidents and foreign ministers on the sidelines of the 3-day sessions.