Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday that dialogue channels between Turkey and Greece are more open today than ever before.
Speaking to the Political, Economic and Social Research Foundation (SETA) think-tank based in the Turkish capital Ankara, Cavusoglu evaluated the bilateral relations between Turkey and Greece.
“We can say that the channels of dialogue with Greece are more open today than ever before,” mentioning that Turkey is in favor of sincere dialogue to solve problems.
Noting that Ankara is working to move the positive agenda in economic and commercial relations even further, he stressed: “The positive agenda focused on cooperation in the economy began to show its positive effects on bilateral trade in 2021 and increased by 70% compared to 2020 to reach $5.2 billion.”
“We hope that this positive agenda will create an environment in which we can sincerely discuss our bilateral issues with Greece,” Cavusoglu said.
“We are doing our part in this direction. We expect Greece to show the same sincerity and the same political will in this process,” he added.
Positive agenda between Turkey and Greece Istanbul meeting
Last month, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, and they agreed to reduce tensions in the Aegean.
As confirmed by the Turkish Presidency, the two leaders focused much of their discussion on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has stunned Europe and the world. Both Greece and Turkey have denounced the war.
The pair agreed to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly in the wake of the war in Ukraine. The goal of both leaders is to provide stability in the region at this time.
They also agreed that the two countries should work toward better communication in the future and avoid provocative rhetoric.
The neighboring countries will also aim to strengthen their economic bonds, with Turkish President Erdogan even suggesting that the two continue their conversation on the topic during another meeting in the coming months.