Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis noted that the most important outcome of his meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today was the desire of both leaders to approach again from a positive perspective.
Mitsotakis answered questions from Greek journalists at the press conference held as part of the NATO summit held in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.
Stressing that the bilateral meeting with Erdogan on the sidelines of NATO was in a good atmosphere, Mishotakis said, “Today’s meeting once again revealed President Erdogan’s intention regarding the resumption of Turkish-Greek relations and how we will act and follow the roadmap in the coming months.” He said.
Stating that they plan to meet again in Thessaloniki within the scope of the High Level Cooperation Council (YDIK), Mitsotakis continued his words as follows:
“This does not mean that the important problems between us and Turkey have been magically resolved, but I think that both leaders are showing their willingness to approach again from a positive perspective, and this is the most important outcome of today’s meeting, in my opinion.”
Relations will progress on 3 main axes
Noting that the intention to improve cooperation between Turkey and Greece has three main axes: political dialogue, confidence-building measures and positive agenda, Mitsotakis said important geopolitical issues, maritime jurisdiction, exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental. Issues such as subsidence will be discussed.
Mitsotakis stated that within the framework of the positive agenda, cooperation will take place in various fields such as economy, energy and civil protection.
Expressing the discussion of relations between Turkey and the European Union in the Council of the European Union, Mikotakis said that the rapprochement in Turkish-Greek relations will also help Turkey to get closer to the European Union.
Noting that he has repeatedly said that even in the most difficult period of relations with Turkey, Turkey that opposes the West, the European Union and the United States is not in line with Greece’s strategic interests, Mitsotakis said, “Both are President Erdogan and my new mandate at the beginning. I would like to say again that we The best, and I have no reason to doubt his sincerity and intentions at the moment.” He said.
The first frigate will be launched from France at the end of September
Referring to his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron within the framework of the summit, Mitsotakis said, “At the end of September, if all goes well, we will launch the first frigate built in the Lorient shipyards.” He said.
Mitsotakis stressed that the Greek armaments programs should not be seen only from the perspective of competition with Turkey, and indicated that the same applies to Turkish armaments.
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