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Greek, Turkish ministers meet in Rhodes August 8, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Turkey, Yunanistan.
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Turkish Foreign Minister(R)

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met with the Greek alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas on the island of Rhodes on Friday.

The two ministers discussed on mutual confidence-building measures. “Today, our impromptu gathering here shows how our friendship has improved. The weather is warm, but our friendship is even warmer,” Davutoğlu told reporters Friday.

Davutoğlu said he was in Rhodes with his family for a meeting. “I phoned my friend Dimitris Droutsas and asked him to meet in Rhodes if possible. He showed great courtesy and accepted my proposal. He not only accepted but also welcomed me with Greek Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis,” Davutoğlu said.

“We share the same region and history. We have a firm friendship and neighborly relations,” he said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Athens in May for meetings with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. The leaders of Turkey and Greece signed a strategic partnership agreement as part of mutual confidence-building measures. A high-level strategic cooperation council was formed between the two countries, according to the agreement.

The cooperation council is composed of 10 ministers from foreign affairs, energy, transport, domestic affairs, economics, European Union affairs, education, environment, tourism and culture. The respective foreign ministers will meet at least twice a year to review the council’s work and the prime ministers will chair the annual meetings.

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