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Italian, Tukish Foreign Ministers meet as blockade of Italian ship on


Kuwait City, Feb 13 (IANS/AKI) Italy's held talks with his Turkish counterpart here on Tuesday amid efforts to end the blockade by Turkish military vessels of a drill ship belonging to the Italian firm in waters off

"The agreed on the need to take into account their respective national interests and the concerns of Italian and Turkish governments," the said in a statement.

"This is also in order to keep the necessary climate of trust for current and possible future energy projects," the statement underlined.

The meeting between and Cavusoglu took place on the sidelines of a summit in of the US-led global coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group.

In a phone conversation with Cavusoglu on Monday, raised the issue of the Eni-owned drill ship which Turkish warships blocked on Friday off the southwest coast of and ordered not continue its journey to an area off the southeast coast of the island to explore for

During Monday's call, Alfano underlined to Cavusoglu "Italy's hopes of reaching a shared solution under international law and in the interests of and countries in the region, as well as the two Cypriot communities," the Foreign Ministry said.

Turkey, which does not have diplomatic relations with Cyprus, claims that part of Cyprus's offshore maritime zone falls within the jurisdiction of or of Turkish Cypriots.

The contested prospect is Block 3 of Cyprus's exclusive economic zone, said.

The on Monday deplored Turkey's blockade of the drill ship, calling on the country to respect states' sovereignty "in their territorial waters and air space".



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 22:28 IST