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Greek PM calls on Turkey to dial down aggressive rhetoric ahead of FM Cavusoglu’s visit

The only way for an effective rapprochement with Ankara to take place would be for Turkey to cease all provocative and illegal activities and to dial down the aggressive rhetoric, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday, ahead of the visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Athens..

“This is the climate that will lead to a discussion on the issue of maritime zones,” the prime minister said in comments to the press following a meeting at his office in the Maximos Mansion with European Council President Charles Michel.

“I underscored our country’s decisive contribution to stability in an area that it vital to the Union’s interests overall,” he said, adding that EU support for Greece and Cyprus is not only “a self-evident expression of European solidarity, but an explicit recognition that the EU’s strategic and geopolitical interests are being challenged in this area.”

Cavusoglu is scheduled to reach north-eastern Greece with car for a visit in Thrace on Sunday morning. He will later land in Athens, where an official dinner with host Nikos Dendias is scheduled. On Monday he will be received by PM Mitsotakis, an official visit with his Greek counterpart will follow.

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