Turkey, Europe

Greece: Goodwill to help ease relations with Turkey

Turkish president, Greek premier hold 90-minute meeting on sidelines of London NATO summit

Magda Panoutsopoulou   | 05.12.2019
Greece: Goodwill to help ease relations with Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (3rd R) meets with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (3rd L) within the NATO Leaders' Summit at the Grove Hotel in London on December 04, 2019. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (2nd R), Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak (5th R), Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (R) and AK Party's Izmir Deputy, Binali Yildirim (4th R) also attended the meeting. ( Turkish Presidency / Murat Cetinmuhurdar / Handout - Anadolu Agency )


The problems in bilateral relations between Greece and Turkey can eventually be overcome "as long as both sides show good will" Greece's prime minister told local media on Thursday.  

Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Watford, London on Wednesday, and the two leaders had an open discussion that lasted an hour and a half on the sidelines of NATO leaders' summit.

"I presented all the issues arising from the latest Turkish moves," Mitsotakis told reporters, adding that the "disagreements" from both sides were noted and that both sides agreed to continue discussions on "confidence-building measures".

Mitsotakis said he asked Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias, to convene the National Council on Foreign Policy and brief all political leaders about the meeting.

"I would like to assure the Greek people that difficulties in our relationship with Turkey have always existed, still exist, and will exist. But I believe that as long as both sides show goodwill, these difficulties can be overcome," he said.

Mitsotakis also said a Turkey-Libya deal on maritime boundaries between the two countries which was signed last week would only complicate sensitive relations in the region.

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