Following their re-election and the first meetings between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in almost 1.5 years, Greek-Turkish relations seem to have found a steady rhythm.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to meet with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York with the primary aim of restoring trust and to build on the positive atmosphere that has been created since the deadly earthquakes last February.
The first official meeting between the recently appointed Greek and Turkish foreign ministers, Giorgos Gerapetritis and Hakan Fidan, took place in Ankara last Tuesday.
Greek-Turkish relations are entering the most crucial six-month period of the last three years. During this period, Athens and Ankara will try to find a common path that could lead to some of their disputes being resolved.
The informal dinner hosted in Athens on Monday by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sought to strengthen one of Greece’s main diplomatic aims, which is to regain not only its role as a bridge between the European Union and the Western Balkans, but to extend this connection to Eastern Europe.
The issue of the ethnic Greek Mayor-elect of Himare, Fredi Beleri, who has been held in custody in Albania since May has caused a major setback in Greek-Albanian relations.
Athens is keeping a close watch on Ankara’s intention to improve relations with countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly Egypt and Israel.
A recent comment by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis about referring a dispute with Turkey over sea zones to the International Court of Justice has ignited a public debate in Greece.
Greece and Turkey have agreed to re-start their relations following last week’s meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, their first encounter in 16 months.
As Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis prepares for his first meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in more than a year, he has received backing from Washington for the two countries to continue working to improve their relations.