Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a joint press conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, said that Turkey is ready for dialogue and negotiations with the Greek side, without preconditions, for the development of bilateral relations in all areas. According to him, they managed to agree on 25 points.
This statement was made by the Turkish minister following the talks between the heads of the foreign ministries of the two countries, which took place in Athens today. Anadolu…
The agreement reached with the Greek side on Monday will make a mutual positive contribution to the tourism sector of the countries, Cavusoglu said.
In addition, the head of Turkish diplomacy focused on the fact that Turkey and Greece have reached an agreement on the mutual recognition of vaccines against coronavirus.
The trip of the Turkish minister to Greece is considered preparation for a potential meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Brussels, during the NATO leaders’ summit on June 14.
The main range of issues planned for discussion in the negotiations, according to Greek and Turkish media reports, concerned the controversial issues that arose in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas after the 2020 crisis.
There are no details on this topic yet. Either all 25 points on which it was possible to agree – from the field of tourism and vaccination against coronavirus, and then the contradictions still persist, or some of the agreements are still hidden from the general public.
Greece expects a “gradual normalization” of bilateral relations with Turkey, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said at a press conference after meeting with his Turkish counterpart Melvut Cavusoglu in Athens on Monday. However, he admitted that the two sides “adhere to different positions, and on some serious issues – politically opposite.”
Dendias said the two sides agreed on a list of economic cooperation programs as well as mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates. The previous joint press conference of the two ministers, held in Ankara in April, resulted in an exchange of harsh remarks and accusations.
Earlier, Cavusoglu met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Megaro Maximo Palace. No statements were made after the meeting, but sources said the talks were held in a warm atmosphere. According to the same sources, both sides expressed their readiness to promote a positive agenda.