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Erdogan tells Tsipras in Beijing to extradite the 8 Turkish soldiers

For one hour and ten minutes, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a meeting in Beijing on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation organized by the Chinese government on Friday. The agenda of topics to be discussed was full: bilateral relations, the Cyprus issue… but also some issues of important priority for Erdogan. The extradition of the eight Turkish soldiers and apparently the Treaty of Lausanne, which is challenged by Turkey.

According to information of Athens News Agency, Erdogan expressed the wish for the full implementation of the Treaty of Lausanne. Τhe Treaty of 1923 that defined the borders of modern Turkey after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. A Treaty that has been often challenged by Erdogan.

Tsipras  raised the positive agenda for Greek-Turkish relations.

Erdogan adopted it and at the end of the meeting, he expressed the wish to fully implement the Treaty of Lausanne, according to sources of the Athens Macedonian News Agency (ANA).

The two officials discussed the Greek-Turkish relations, the Cyprus issue, the European course of Turkey, which Tsipras said that Greece supports, the migration issue and the issue of visas for Turkish citizens visiting countries of the European Union.

What exactly Erdogan said in relation to the implementation of the Treaty remains a mystery in the Greek press also on Saturday afternoon.

However, the Turkish President voiced his clear discontent about the Greek Supreme Court decision to not extradite the 8 Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece on a Black Hawk helicopter one day after the coup attempt on 15. July 2016.

Erdogan reportedly told Tsipras that it wasn’t “appropriate for those involved in the coup to stay in Greece,” while asking the necessary steps to be taken on the issue.

Other topics discussed in the meeting between Erdogan and Tsipras included lowering tensions in the Aegean and the importance of dialogue in the solution of possible problems.

The leaders also agreed to continue efforts on the Cyprus issue, Turkish media report.

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