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24 February, 1998
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos criticized Turkish-Israeli military ties yesterday.
"Turkey's ties with Israel are not simply just for exercises as some people pretend," Mr. Pangalos told reporters in Cairo after meeting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. "We very well know that this is a strategic alliance and that it is the wrong kind for everybody. This is an alliance that brings us to a Cold War situation. It is not in keeping with contemporary times," he added.
Israel and Turkey held their first joint naval exercises in the east Mediterranean in January. The United States also took part in the manoeuvres.
Mr. Pangalos said he shared Arab fears that the exercises could be directed against a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern state.
"These exercises are not simply meant to save people from the sea in an accident," he added.
Mr. Pangalos, who arrived in Egypt on Sunday on a three-day visit, said he discussed regional affairs and growing Egyptian-Greek military ties with Mubarak.
He also met Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa yesterday for more talks on facilitating an Egyptian cooperation agreement with the European Union.
Source: Athens News Agency