14 May, 2010
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a two-day visit to Athens, accompanied by several ministers who will attend the first meeting of the High-level Co-operation Council between the two countries.
Erdogan's visit to Athens is seen by the Greek government as a chance to improve ties between Greece and Turkey.
Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas (on May 12), hailed the Turkish PM’s visit to Greece as the start of a new effort to strengthen relations and establish closer cooperation between the two countries. It is the result of comprehensive preparations and the first stage in the Greek-Turkish rapprochement, which entails developing synergies in areas of mutual interest, he stressed.
The two sides have agreed on intensifying the exploratory contacts between Greece and Turkey, as well as on five new Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) aimed at further improving the climate in bilateral relations.
The two premiers will also be keynote speakers at a Greek-Turkish Business Forum to be held today, organised by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relation Board (DEIK) and the Greece-Turkey Business Council.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Greek-Turkish Bilateral Relations
Greek News Agenda: Greece, Turkey Boosting Contacts
Source: GREEK NEWS AGENDA issued by the Secretariat Genera