Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Friday said the Athens government was determined to address and solve problems faced by the Muslim minority in Western Thrace.
"Our government is exerting efforts to make sure that the Muslim minority is subjected to no discrimination and to eliminate the mindset of the past in Western Thrace," Papandreou said during a visit to the Turkish village of Demircik (Dimaryo).
"We are determined to solve the problems of the Muslim minority. Greek citizens of different religions and origins live in harmony and they share a common vision for the future in Thrace," he said.
Papandreou said the government was working to solve the issues regarding minority foundations and the office of mufti as well as to introduce driving license tests in Turkish.
Papandreou later participated in a a regional development meeting in Komotini and delivered a speech.
The Greek premier said he welcomed the signing of a readmission agreement between Turkey and the European Union, which he said set a "good example" of cooperation between two neighboring countries.
"I have discussed this issue twice with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The signing of the agreement also means that the issue around the liberalization of visa procedures for Turkish nationals will be discussed as well. The entrance of Turkish nationals as legal visitors into the Schengen area and into Greece without facing any problems is something we also support," Papandreou said.
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