Davutoglu says new horizon opened in Turkey-Greece ties

Davutoglu met with Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas of Greece in London on Thursday.

Davutoglu says new horizon opened in Turkey-Greece ties

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey-Greece relations had a new horizon.

Davutoglu met with Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas of Greece in London on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Davutoglu said that they discussed the contents of the letters between Turkish and Greek prime ministers.

Noting that he invited Droutsas to Turkey, Davutoglu said that Droutsas accepted the invitation. He added that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was planning to pay a visit to Athens.

Davutoglu said that there was a big cooperation potential in Turkey-Greece relations, adding that the two countries could also cooperate in regional issues like the Balkans, Mediterranean and Middle East.

"Visits"

Later, Davutoglu said at a news conference, "I came together with Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas of Greece over a luncheon yesterday. We agreed that there is a significant ground for cooperation and joint understanding between Turkey and Greek government led by Prime Minister George Papandreous. Droutsas will pay a visit to Turkey in the coming months. Then, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Greece in the first half of the year."

"We agreed that it is time to change the nature, structure and route of Turkey-Greece relations. We also think that it is time for beginning of a new era between Turkey and Greece in regard to bilateral relations, regional relations and global relations. We are determined to set Turkey-Greece relations in a new and constructive axis," he said.

Referring to his meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Davutoglu said, "we discussed the Cyprus issue since he will pay a visit to the island next week. I told him that we expect the UN to play a more active role in Cyprus. I also said that we attached great importance to his visit since it coincided with a critical period in the ongoing negotiation process."

Davutoglu will depart from London later in the day after attending a meeting at a think-tank organization, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), as speaker.

Before returning to Ankara, Davutoglu is expected to pay a short visit to Strasbourg to congratulate Turkish parliamentarian Mevlut Cavusoglu who was elected new president of the the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).


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