Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras held talks on Oct. 10 with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, was paying his first visit to Greece since the conservative-led coalition government was formed in June.
Relations between the two regional rivals have improved greatly since the late 1990’s, but Athens and Ankara remain at odds over a broad swath of issues, including Aegean Sea boundaries, the war-divided island of Cyprus and illegal immigration.
There were no media statements after the meeting. Davutoglu was to hold talks later with Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos although one report said the Turkish minister talked of a “sea of friendship and peace” between the countries in a meeting with another official. The agenda is expected to include the fighting in Syria and immigration flows. Greece is the main transit point for illegal immigrants entering the European Union, and most cross into the country through Turkey.