Greek preparations underway for Turkish PM's visit

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a two-day formal visit to Greece next week.

Greek preparations underway for Turkish PM's visit

Greek Consul in northwestern Turkish province of Edirne, Paraskevi Tzeveleki, said on Wednesday that preparations were underway in Greece for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit in mid-May.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a two-day formal visit to Greece next week. Erdogan who will travel to Athens on May 14 will meet with senior Greek officials. Erdogan and his Greek counterpart George Papandreou will co-chair the first "High Level Cooperation Council" which is expected to give momentum to Turkey-Greece relations.

Erdogan will also address the Turkish-Greek Business Council.

A press release issued by the Prime Ministry Wednesday said the visit would enhance the relations between the two countries based on friendship, trust and cooperation.

"Not just courtesy visit"

Speaking to A.A correspondent, Tzeveleki said this was the first time such broad scale preparations were made for Erdogan's visit that would take place in May 14-15, 2010.

Tzeveleki said visa procedures (particularly cruises) as well as opening of new border pass and bilateral relations would be discussed during the visit, noting that this would not only be a courtesy visit.

"Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan attended a congress in Athens. He talked to Greek foreign minister. Foreign ministry undersecretaries of the two countries had a meeting," Tzeveleki said and added that 10 ministers from Greece and Turkey would meet to assess important matters. "Those steps indicate that Greek party exert efforts to boost Turkey-Greece relations," she noted.

Tzeveleki said a statement could be made during Erdogan's visit on visa requirements, and noted that Greece favored liberalization of visa with Turkey.

She said relations between Turkey and Greece progressed on the way to normalization, and added, "Greek government favors normalisation of relations with Turkey. Greek government is open to economic, cultural, and artistic relations."


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