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Turkey’s Erdogan to visit Greece in May, Davutoglu says April 20, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Turkey, Yunanistan.
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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would pay a visit to Greece in May. Speaking at a joint press conference with the Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas in Ankara, Davutoglu said that Erdogan’s visit to Greece would take place in mid-May. We wish Erdogan’s visit to Greece would be historical from the perspective of Turkish-Greek relations, Davutoglu said. Today we have taken a decision to establish a high level strategic cooperation council between Turkey and Greece. The first meeting of the council will take place during Erdogan’s visit to Greece, Davutoglu said. As part of the council, the ministers in charge of the European Union (EU), foreign, economy, energy, environment, interior and education ministers will get together.

These ministers will hold consultations with each other until Erdogan’s visit to Greece. An agreement on the high level strategic cooperation council between Turkey and Greece will be signed while Erdogan is in Greece, Davutoglu said. We foresee a comprehensive cooperation with Greece in bilateral relations, relations with the EU, regional issues as well as global issues, Davutoglu said. In order to follow up on our cooperation, Turkish and Greek foreign ministers will meet each other at least twice each year, Davutoglu said. We also wish to see our prime ministers meet each other at least once in a strategic cooperation meeting, Davutoglu noted. We want to place Turkey-Greece relations on a new paradigm, Davutoglu said. Through meetings we will be in a position to follow up on decisions taken at the strategic council gatherings. We have taken a decision to constantly hold political consultations among our ministries. We will implement an exchange program for young diplomats so that they can get to know each other better at an early age, Davutoglu said. Dimitris Droutsas, in his part, said that it was everyone’s wish to pull Prime Minister Erdogan’s visit to Greece to an earlier date. Erdogan’s visit to Greece will take place in May, Droutsas said. Our goal is to correctly evaluate our works to date, to carry these works further and take them to higher levels, Droutsas said. We have made clear our wish to see the relations between the officials of the two countries get closer, Droutsas said. Erdogan’s visit to Greece will make great contributions to this wish, Droutsas also said.

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