Greek Premier and Foreign Minister George Papandreou has said his country was eager to improve relations and boost cooperation with Turkey.
Responding to a question at a parliamentary session on Friday over Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's upcoming visit to Athens on May 14-15, Papandreou said contacts with his Turkish counterpart aimed at strengthening the stability of Greece and the region.
"Greece is willing to increase the number of contacts and widen areas of cooperation with Turkey in a bid to add a fresh momentum to the relations in line with mutual interests," Papandreou said, adding that the introduction of a high level cooperation council between the two countries was aimed at meeting that end.
The Greek premier said the high level cooperation council would cover areas such as economy, energy, environment, transportation, communication, culture, tourism, education, protection of citizens and European Union issues.
Papandreou said Erdogan was not scheduled to visit Western Thrace -- home to Greece's Turkish minority -- during his visit to Greece.
Touching on the construction of a mosque in Athens, Papandreou said the issue "had nothing to do with Turkey."
"As a democratic country, this is our democratic obligation toward people living in Greece," Papandreou said.
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