Turkey invited Greece to resume talks designed to reduce tensions between the neighbors, following this summer’s dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean.
The new, 61st round of exploratory talks between Athens and Ankara will start on January 25 in Istanbul, Greece’s Foreign Ministry announced on Monday evening.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also extended an invitation to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, for a meeting to discuss their troubled relations.
The invitation comes as Turkey, which faces sanctions from the European Union, has vowed to improve ties with EU nations.
Speaking from Lisbon on Monday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he hoped the talks would pick up from where they left off in March 2016, when the last round broke down.
Mitsotakis said Athens seeks a fertile relationship with Ankara, adding that the country will discuss the issue of disputed maritime zones.
The two countries have held talks between 2002-2016 which were complicated by the issues that each side were willing to discuss.