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Turkey's Erdogan, Germany's Merkel discuss east Mediterranean

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a joint news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday that support given by some countries for Greece’s “selfish and unjust stance” in the eastern Mediterranean was unacceptable, Erdogan’s office said.

Ankara and Athens have been locked in a bitter dispute over claims to potential hydrocarbon resources in the region, based on conflicting views on the extent of their continental shelves. The two leaders spoke by video conference, the statement said.

Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Catherine Evans; Editing by

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