Mitsotakis to meet with Erdogan and discuss a ‘big dossier’ of issues

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Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, will meet with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Istanbul on Sunday, March 13.

According to Ekathimerini, Mitsotakis is visiting Istanbul to celebrate the Feast of Orthodoxy at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Fanari.

During this visit, the Greek leader will have lunch with Erdogan at the Turkish president’s residence.

Mitsotakis and Erdogan met at a NATO meeting last year.

READ MORE: What happened in Mitsotakis and Erdogan’s 90 minute meeting at NATO?.

The spokesperson for Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Omer Celik, confirmed on Monday that the two leaders will discuss a ‘big dossier’ of issues.

Celik listed a number of specific issues which will be focused on including the delineation of the continental shelf, Turkish claims about the militarisation of Greek islands, the Blue Homeland doctrine and Cyprus.

“Greece must understand that we are her neighbours, we live together. We can solve our own issues,” Celik said.

A ‘dossier of issues’ including the East Med will be on the table for the meeting.

“There are mechanisms that work, but there are clearly issues we disagree on. We do not have to hide this from anyone. By extent, this meeting will address all these issues extensively.”

Greece’s leftist opposition has welcomed this planned meeting between Mitsotakis and Erdogan and expressed the hope that it will provide “an opportunity for substantial dialogue with clear red lines and with the immediate aim of reducing tension.”

READ MORE: Erdogan thanks Mitsotakis for well wishes after testing positive for COVID.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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