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Turkish, Greek FMs open renovated consulate in Izmir04 September 2018

Turkish and Greek foreign ministers on Tuesday participated in the opening ceremony of the recently renovated Greek Consulate General’s building in Turkey’s Aegean province of Izmir.

Speaking at the ceremony, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey sees dialogue and cooperation as building blocks in its relations with Greece.

He said Turkey has been hosting Greek consulate in İzmir since 1877.

Çavuşoğlu said the start of ferry services between İzmir and Greece's Thessaloniki is facing a delay.

"This has to start as soon as possible. Let's work together on this issue. Likewise, we have a railroad project between İstanbul and Thessaloniki, we will also realize this," he added.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, for his part, said that he hopes the visa requirement for the Turkish citizens to enter Greece will be lifted soon, which would also ease the workload of the consulate.

Kotzias added that they will also renovate the Greek embassy building in the capital Ankara.

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