Greece: We have laid the foundations for improving bilateral relations with Turkey

Greece: We have laid the foundations for improving bilateral relations with Turkey  Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that during his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, foundations were laid for improving bilateral relations.  According to a statement issued by the Greek Prime Minister's Office, on Sunday, Mitsotakis confirmed during his meeting with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Phanar, Bartholomew, that a positive atmosphere prevailed in his meeting with Erdogan.  He added, "During this period, the two countries face many common problems, and we agreed that it is important to focus on the problems that unite us rather than those that divide us."  He pointed out that the establishment of a positive agenda on many issues, especially the economy, was emphasized. "I think we can make great progress in the coming months, and if all goes well, in the fall we can hold a high-level cooperation council in Greece," he added.  He pointed out that there are differences in viewpoints between Turkey and Greece that cannot be agreed upon in a short time. And he added, "I think we have laid the foundations for improving bilateral relations and cooperation, especially with regard to the major problems that we are currently facing. Today you saw again the tragic images of civilians being killed in Ukraine, this should concern us."  On Sunday, Mitsotakis arrived in Istanbul, where he participated in a religious mass at the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Fener, and met the Turkish President.  After his meeting with Erdogan, he met with Mitsotakis, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Phanar, Bartholomew, at the Consulate General of Greece in Istanbul.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that during his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, foundations were laid for improving bilateral relations.


According to a statement issued by the Greek Prime Minister's Office, on Sunday, Mitsotakis confirmed during his meeting with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Phanar, Bartholomew, that a positive atmosphere prevailed in his meeting with Erdogan.

He added, "During this period, the two countries face many common problems, and we agreed that it is important to focus on the problems that unite us rather than those that divide us."

He pointed out that the establishment of a positive agenda on many issues, especially the economy, was emphasized.
"I think we can make great progress in the coming months, and if all goes well, in the fall we can hold a high-level cooperation council in Greece," he added.

He pointed out that there are differences in viewpoints between Turkey and Greece that cannot be agreed upon in a short time.
And he added, "I think we have laid the foundations for improving bilateral relations and cooperation, especially with regard to the major problems that we are currently facing. Today you saw again the tragic images of civilians being killed in Ukraine, this should concern us."

On Sunday, Mitsotakis arrived in Istanbul, where he participated in a religious mass at the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Fener, and met the Turkish President.

After his meeting with Erdogan, he met with Mitsotakis, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Phanar, Bartholomew, at the Consulate General of Greece in Istanbul.
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