Turkey, Greece to sign deals, protocols during Erdogan's visit

The Turkish prime minister arrived in the Greek capital of Athens on Friday on two-day formal visit, Anadolu news agency said.

Turkey, Greece to sign deals, protocols during Erdogan's visit

The Turkish prime minister arrived in the Greek capital of Athens on Friday on two-day formal visit, Anadolu news agency said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey and Greece would sign 21 agreements and cooperation protocols during his visit to Athens, adding that those agreements would start a new era for Turkish-Greek relations.

At a news conference in Ankara prior to his departure to Athens on Friday, Erdogan described his visit as "historical."

"I have had five visits to Greece so far. I believe my 21 agreements and protocol to be signed during my sixth visit will be the start of a new era between the two countries," he said.

Erdogan said Turkish and Greek ministers would come together with their counterparts at least two or three times a year in the new period.

"I believe that this new era would help maintain stability in the region, especially in the Balkans," Erdogan said.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul also said that Turkish-Greek relations gained a new dynamic, and were going well.

Speaking to Greek Kathimerini newspaper, Gul said that all the problems between the two countries should be solved, but they could not be solved at the same time.

Gul said that Ankara believed Cyprus issue would also be solved.

Gul noted that Cyprus issue was directly related with Turkey's membership talks as well as EU's opening chapter headings with Turkey.

Erdogan is expected to meet Greek President Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister George Papandreou, Parliament Speaker Philippos Petsalnikos, and main opposition New Democracy Party's leader Antonis Samaras during his stay in Athens.

Erdogan wil also participate in a high-level cooperation council meeting and business forum.

Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, State Minister & European Union (EU) chief negotiator Egemen Bagis, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Interior Minister Besir Atalay, Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim, National Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu, Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay, State Minister Zafer Caglayan, Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu and many businessmen are accompanying Erdogan during his visit to Greece.


Agencies

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