Mitsotakis wants to increase cooperation with Türkey

Thu, 21 Sep 2023 11:55 GMT
Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis said his country wants to deepen cooperation with Türkiye on issues such as the climate crisis and irregular migration.
Mitsotakis wants to increase cooperation with Türkey

Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis made a statement regarding his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Turkish House in New York as part of the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).

Stating that they had a productive meeting with Erdoğan in the presence of Foreign Ministers and diplomatic advisors, Mitsotakis said, "We decided to continue working to deepen the positive climate that has blossomed in Turkish-Greek relations in recent months. We clearly determined the level of future meetings and contacts on political dialogue, confidence-building measures and positive agenda."

Miçotakis reminded that they decided to hold the next High Level Cooperation Council (HLC) meeting on 7 December in Thessaloniki and noted that they also had the opportunity to discuss the common problems that both countries face.

Stating that the issue of irregular migrants was also discussed, Mitsotakis said, "I think that cooperation with Turkey is essential to minimise migration flows."

Stating that the climate crisis was also among the issues discussed during the meeting, Mitsotakis emphasised that Türkiye and Greece are two Mediterranean countries that faced serious natural disasters this summer.

"I believe that this area of co-operation can also be deepened, so that it can be the subject of some of the agreements to be signed in the framework of the YDIK in Thessaloniki in December," the Prime Minister said.

Erdoğan and Mitsotakis had met in New York

Turkish President Erdoğan, who is in New York to attend the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), received Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis at the Turkevi.

In the statement made by the Presidential Communications Directorate, it was stated that Erdoğan and Prime Minister Mitsotakis met in New York with the participation of Foreign Ministers Hakan Fidan and Yorgo Gerapetritis.

In the statement, it was reported that the two leaders affirmed the current positive climate in the relations between Turkey and Greece and their determination to preserve it, and it was noted that the Deputy Foreign Ministers responsible for political dialogue and positive agenda would meet in mid-October, Confidence Building Measures meetings would be held in November and the Türkiye-Greece High Level Cooperation Council meeting would be held on 7 December in Thessaloniki.

The statement said that the two leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues and discussed cooperation on the climate crisis and irregular migration.

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