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Droutsas, Davutoglu meeting February 1, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Turkey, Yunanistan.
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There are major prospects for cooperation between Greece and Turkey on regional issues, in the Balkans and the Mediterranean, in European issues, and in bilateral relations, Greek deputy foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas and Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu noted in London late Thursday night, after a lengthy 3 1/2 hour working dinner.

“We have a common history, a common destiny and a common future, and cooperation between Greece and Turkey on European issues is a huge chapter,” Davutoglu said after the working dinner.

Droutsas said it was a great pleasure to meet with the Turkish foreign minister, adding that the discussion took place in the spirit of cooperation that has been expressed by the prime ministers of the two countries and in the letters they recently exchanged.

He said they had the opportunity to further explore the path of cooperating that the two countries wish to follow.

“I wish to say again that we share precious experiences from the recent past, and I refer to the cooperation we had in the period 1999-2004 and the spirit of that cooperation prompts us now. I thank the Turkish foreign minister for our fruitful meeting, and look forward to continuing our cooperation,” Droutsas said.

The deputy foreign minister further announced that “with great pleasure” he accepted an invitation from Davutoglu to visit Ankara “in the near future”.

Davutoglu, in turn, said they had a “constructive discussion and friendly consultation”, explaining that “I use the term ‘consultation’ because there are many things on which we can exchange advice”.

“Our prime ministers recently exchanged letters with a very constructive content. There is a new horizon before us of friendship and cooperation. We have a common history, a common destiny and a common future. Our countries look to the future with an open spirit. There is a big cooperation potential to cooperate in regional issues, such as the Balkans and the Mediterranean, and Greece-Turkey cooperation in European issues is a huge chapter,” Davutoglu said.

“I was impressed by Dimitris Droutsas’ approach on the future, and our traditional friendship will be further enhanced,” the Turkish foreign minister continued, noting that the invited Droutsas to visit Ankara, and adding that Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was planning to visit Greece soon.

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