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Italian, Turkish Defence Ministers meet amid military blockade dispute


Brussels, Feb 15 (IANS/AKI) Italy's Defence met her Turkish counterpart here on Thursday amid a bilateral row over the blockade by warships in the of a drill ship owned by Italian

"Bilateral meeting between and at NATO Defence Ministerial in Brussels," tweeted.

did not brief journalists on the meeting. It was her second this week with Canikli, who she met for talks on the dispute in on Tuesday during a summit of 15 Defence Ministers from the US-led global coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group.

Pinotti said on Tuesday that is using "bilateral" and "diplomatic" channels to end the standoff which began when Turkish military vessels blocked the drillship on Friday off the southwest coast of and ordered it not to continue its journey to an area off the southeast coast of the island to explore for

Italy's Foreign Affairs held talks with his Turkish counterpart on Tuesday in as part of the diplomatic efforts to end the obstruction of the drill ship.

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, Eni said, adding that it will not move the drill ship until the dispute is resolved.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 23:24 IST