After decades of tension over energy resources, the leaders of Greece and Turkey have pledged to ‘reset’ ties and resume talks between both countries.
This comes after Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held an hourlong meeting on Wednesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.
“Our problems have not been magically resolved,” Mitsotakis told reporters after the meeting. “But today’s meeting confirmed my intention and that of President Erdogan to reset Greek-Turkish relations.”
Later, an identical but separate statement issued by the leaders’ offices, clarified that “the two sides agreed to build on the positive momentum and activate multiple channels of communication between the two countries in the coming period.”
Mitsotakis and Erdogan also agreed that the next meeting of a High-Level Cooperation Council, a mechanism the two countries set up in 2010 for their rapprochement, will be held in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki in the autumn.
“We are cautiously optimistic we can turn a new page,” Mitsotakis said.
Source: AP News.