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Greek FM to meet Turkish President following last minute invitation by Erdogan

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will be meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday afternoon following a last minute invitation on Wednesday. Dendias is in Ankara following an invitation by his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

A higher level of contacts between Greece and Turkey implies Ankara’s move to invite Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in addition to Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu.

Erdogan’s invitation arrived at the Greek Foreign Ministry from the Turkish presidential palace yesterday evening and implies a new channel of communication between the two countries.,

Senior diplomatic sources of the Foreign Ministry reportedly emphasizes that these developments are particularly positive, and especially because Dendias will meet first with the Turkish President and then his counterpart Cavusoglu

It should be noted that the Turkish foreign policy is formed to a large extent by President Erdogan.

It is recalled that the last time Erdogan asked to meet with a Greek Foreign Minister in Ankara was in October 2017, with Nikos Kotzias.

The Greek side interprets the invitation as a “goodwill” message that the Turkish President wants to send to the European Union in order to prove in practice his intention for dialogue with Greece.

Att the same time, the Greek side is also skeptical as it was only yesterday that Erdogan threatened a new invasion in Cyprus, he pledged to conduct research in the areas of the Turkish-Libyan maritime zone agreement in the Mediterranean Sea and last week Turkey published a video accusing Greece of harboring terrorists.

The meeting between Erdogan and Dendias is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, the meeting with Cavusoglu will follow. joint statements are expected around 7 p.m.

At diplomatic level, the two sides are expected to address bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues. At bilateral level, political and economic relations are on the agenda, while discussed will be also international developments with emphasis on EU-Turkey relations, including migration and regional developments with emphasis on Libya and Syria.

The two sides will also discuss the Cyprus issue in view of the forthcoming informal five-party conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, in Geneva.

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