Greece: We want to solve problems in a fruitful dialogue with Türkiye
In an interview with the Greek daily "To Vima", Gerapetritis stated that Athens wants to maintain good relations with all neighbouring countries, including Turkey.
Gerapetritis stated that a good climate has been achieved in relations with Turkey and that progress is being made step by step.
Gerapetritis stated that it is important to have a common understanding with Türkiye that will function as safety valves to prevent this disagreement from turning into a crisis:
"We want to have a productive dialogue with Türkiye. We believe that inertia is not the way to resolve disputes. There is a ground for dialogue that can lead to mutually beneficial agreements. Civil protection, migration policy, tourism are areas where positive agreements can be made between the two countries."
Gerapetritis stated that the fact that Turkey and Greece are not on the same line on Palestine will not create a problem in bilateral relations and said, "We will continue our dialogue and cooperation with Türkiye regardless of this situation."
Referring to Greece's reasons for abstaining from voting against the draft resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Gerapetritis said that Greece's proposals for this resolution were not included in the final text.
"An abstention is never the same as a vote against," Gerapetritis said.