Ankara and Athens agree to improve bilateral relations

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ANKARA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis agreed to improve bilateral relations and focus on a positive agenda, according to a statement released by the Presidential Communications Directorate.

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Besides bilateral relations, many regional and global developments, including the latest geopolitical developments, were discussed during the meeting held between the two leaders, according to the statement.

The two leaders stressed that Turkey and Greece have a special responsibility in Europe’s security architecture, which has changed with the Russian attack on Ukraine, the statement added.

They also agreed to improve bilateral relations and keep communication channels open and discussed steps to reach the bilateral trade volume of 10 billion U.S. dollars, he noted.

Erdoğan told Mitsotakis that he still believes in progress on issues related to the Aegean, minorities, counter-terrorism and illegal migration, according to the leadership.

Noting that problems can be resolved through sincere and honest dialogue, Erdoğan said the two neighboring countries should always stay in touch and not just during crises.

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Aegean neighbors and NATO allies have entered a dangerous standoff in 2020 over hydrocarbon resources and naval influence in the waters off their coasts.

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