The Turkish press speaks of a “new era” of relations with Greece and a “historic visit” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reflecting the good atmosphere recorded in his contacts with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Anadolu Agency presents Erdogan’s visit to Athens under the central heading “We want to transform the Aegean Sea into a sea of peace and cooperation”, while posting the statements he made after the end of the meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan: "Ege'yi barış ve işbirliği denizi haline getirelim istiyoruz. Türkiye ve Yunanistan olarak atacağımız ortak adımlarla dünyaya örnek olalım arzusundayız"
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“We want to resolve our current problems through constructive dialogue, good neighborliness and joint efforts within the framework of international law. We exchanged views (with Mitsotakis) on our position on the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean and asked our foreign ministers to discuss further issues. Mitsotakis is one of most important partners EU. A fair, lasting and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, based on the facts on the island, will be in the interests of the entire region,” commented Erdogan, speaking about the “Lavrio camp”, emphasizing: “(Closing the Lavrio camp), I emphasized that care must be taken about preventing the creation of similar camps harboring terrorists in Greece.” “There is no problem that cannot be resolved between us. We want to transform the Aegean Sea into a sea of peace and cooperation. We want to become an example for the whole world, thanks to the joint steps of Turkey and Greece,” Erdogan also said.”
“Historic visit to Athens – Erdogan and Mitsotakis joint statement: ‘There is no problem that we cannot solve between ourselves,'” was the headline of the Hurriyet newspaper. The Turkish newspaper called Erdogan’s visit to Athens after a six-year break “decisive” and referred to the commentary , which the Turkish President made during a meeting with Katerina Sakellaropoulou: “Let’s see the glass half full”, as well as a quote from his meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis: “We are entering a new era of relations with Greece and must strengthen them. There is no problem that cannot be solved between us.”
“7-day visa to 10 Greek islands! Erdogan: “There is no problem that we cannot solve among ourselves,” is the headline of the corresponding article in Milliyet.
“A new era in relations with Greece: 7-day visa-free regime,” reads the Sabah newspaper headline.
CNN Turk also talks about “a decisive meeting with Erdogan in Athens after six years.” “The Turkish President emphasized a new era in relations with Greece, and after meeting with Mitsotakis he said: “We should not wait so long for our next meeting.” In turn, the Greek Prime Minister said that “we have decided to revive our relations,” it says in the message.
“President Erdogan in Greece after 6 years: turn the Aegean Sea into a sea of peace” is the headline of the Yeni Safak newspaper.
Finally, TRT Haber also supports Erdogan’s statement on the Aegean Sea and his belief that “there are no problems between Greece and Turkey that we cannot solve.”