Greek and Turkish leaders to meet in Turkey in May

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has revealed that he will meet with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 13 in Ankara.

The last time the Greek and Turkish leaders met was in December 2023, in Athens.

Ekathimerini revealed that following the end of the European summit in Brussels, and after announcing the date for him to visit Ankara, he claimed Turkey’s reaction to Greece’s declaration on the creation of marine environmental parks in the Aegean Sea was completely unjustified.

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Mitsotakis and Erdogan also met at the NATO leaders Summit in July last year. Photo: Daily Sabah.

“Greece exercises its sovereign rights in the Aegean Sea on the basis of international law and the law of the sea and I am impressed by this completely unjustified reaction of Turkey to an initiative, which ultimately has an environmental characteristic,” Mitsotakis said.

He stated that he doesn’t believe the improvement in Greek-Turkish relations means that Turkey’s positions regarding maritime zones have changed.

When asked about the conclusions of the summit on Euro-Turkish relations, Mitsotakis emphasised that they are satisfactory for both Greece and Cyprus and are in line with previous European Council decisions that outline the potential for how we EU-Turkish relations can improve.

Mitsotakis also highlighted the focus on preventing an escalation of the conflict amidst the new crisis in the Middle East

“I think it is extremely important that the text of the conclusions also refers to the situation in Gaza,” Mitsotakis said.

“The crisis is such that it requires an immediate ceasefire.”

Source: Ekathimerini.

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