Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reportedly invited his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras to watch together the friendly football game between the national teams of Greece and Turkey.
The Greek prime minister’s official visit is scheduled for November 17-18 when the two men will mainly discuss the refugee issue. Reportedly, the Turkish prime minister invited Tsipras to watch the Turkey-Greece friendly match at Basaksehir Fatih Terim stadium of Istanbul on Tuesday, November 17th.
Tsipras will be the first European prime minister to visit the country after the new election victory of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the main topic on the agenda will be the refugee crisis. According to Ta Nea newspaper, the Greek prime minister will also meet with Turkish President Erdogan at Ankara.
The Greek prime minister will have a number of proposals to tackle the refugee issue. Greece’s main position is that reception centers should be established in Turkey and the relocation process to be completed there in order to stop the deadly sea route to the neighboring Greek islands.
Regarding joint patrols, both sides claim that the suggestion was never put on the table officially. However, both sides are willing to cooperate and coordinate their respective coast guard efforts.
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