04 November, 2006
The US State Department on Thursday welcomed the current visit by Turkish military chief of staff General Yasar Buyukanit to Athens as a good, positive step.
Replying to a question on the visit, the first by a Turkish military chief to Greece in more than 30 years, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that he agreed with Greek foreign ministry spokesman George Koumou-tsakos, who described the contacts between the two countries as "positive and useful" during a regular press briefing.
"I agree with my friend George and his comments. It is positive," McCormack said.
"There are longstanding differences on a variety of different topics between Greece and Turkey," he noted, adding that "these are two good friends, two NATO allies and we encourage them to resolve their differences over the Aegean as well as other issues".
"It is a good step, a good, positive step," McCormack said.
Source: Athens News Agency