Dendias and Çavuşoğlu had friendly Ramadan dinner after live broadcast spat

Nikos Dendias Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Undoubtedly the face of the news is the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, who, according to the most objective observers, for the first time on Turkish soil lambasted Turkish provocations.

With bated breath, everyone in Athens and Ankara, but also in Europe, watched the match between Dendias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in one of the most episodic press conferences that lasted 33 minutes on live television.

He also surprised foreign media, who wrote that “the two ministers began to launch accusations from both sides about marine waters, migrants and the treatment of minorities.”

Diplomatic observers said they had not seen such a clash for a long time, according to German-language press.

Nikos Dendias with Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on April 15, 2021.
Nikos Dendias with Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on April 15, 2021.

The interview had turned into an unprecedented quarrel between the two men, with Dendias finally trying to alleviate the climate he had dangerously burdened by telling his Turkish counterpart:

“I hope our disagreement does not lead you to cancel the dinner invitation because I am extremely hungry.”

Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Minister had mentioned at the dinner that “if we continue like this we will lose Iftar” – the Islamic breaking of fast.

Both foreign ministers were indeed hungry because as soon as the episodic interview was over, they headed to the room where Iftar had been prepared.

But there were some moments of embarrassment for what preceded, but not on the part of Dendias, who hurried to greet Çavuşoğlu with his elbow.

The Turkish Foreign Minister raised his hands as if to say to Dendias “what did you do”?

But the embarrassment did not last long, only about five minutes, and then the two ministers began to discuss issues that had nothing to do with politics or diplomacy.

The ice broke there.

The atmosphere at the dinner was better than what prevailed between the Foreign Ministers in front of the cameras.

What did they eat?

A plate with various appetizers followed by cheese pie and lentil soup with croutons.

The main dish was sea bass with salad and for dessert baklava and semolina halva.

Dessert without baklava in Turkey is not possible, especially in so-called formal meals.

However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to have watched a different program instead of what took place in front of the cameras between the foreign ministers of the two countries.

“Our foreign minister set his limits and put him in his place. It could not be softened,” he said.

Regarding the meeting he had with Dendias, he said: “We had a warm atmosphere in the first meeting, and I even told him not to put any intermediary between us, but then, in the Dendia- Çavuşoğlu meeting, things went elsewhere…”

From the occupied territories, where he is paying a visit to prepare for the five-party talks on the Cyprus issue, Çavuşoğlu said that he had agreed with his Greek counterpart to avoid friction in the press conference.

However, he clearly forgot that he first began to accuse Greece of provocative statements.

READ MORE: How Greece reacted to Dendias’ humbling of Çavuşoğlu in Ankara.

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