Greece and Turkey Agree to Reboot Relations After Landmark Talks in Athens
Greece and Turkey have decided to rejuvenate their relationship following significant discussions in Athens that included the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The NATO allies, despite a history of antagonism, have committed to enhancing trade and improving communication between their coastguards to better manage migratory challenges.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis recognized the reduction in migration flows, attributing it to effective border patrolling and improved cooperation between the nations’ police and coastguard services a collaboration he believes can still be enhanced.
During a press conference with Mitsotakis, President Erdoğan expressed optimism that no issue between the nations was insurmountable, envisioning the Aegean Sea as a "sea of peace and cooperation."
The discussions led to an affirmation of amicable relations and the intent to uphold the peaceful status quo in the Aegean Sea. Although consensus was reached on several fronts, differing views persist over the Cyprus issue, with Turkey advocating for a solution grounded in the island’s current realities and Greece supporting reunification in line with UN resolutions.
The agreements touched upon numerous sectors, including trade, energy, education, agriculture, sports, technology, and tourism, with a goal to double bilateral trade from over €5 billion to €10 billion within five years.
Additionally, Mitsotakis disclosed that he plans to visit Turkey in the upcoming spring, following an invitation from Ankara.