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.
The new government in Athens faces a number of foreign policy challenges over the coming years.
Athens is assessing Turkey’s new cabinet named last Saturday by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he extended his two-decade rule following victory in last month’s elections.
The political dominance of Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Greece in the May 21 elections also means that he is also politically dominant within his New Democracy party, which could have a knock-on effect regarding his foreign policy approach.
The detention of a mayoral candidate from the Greek ethnic minority in Albania has raised tension between Athens and Tirana over the past few days.
Athens is remaining sanguine about the outcome of Sunday’s elections in Turkey, and insisting that it will work with whoever is eventually elected President in the neighbouring country.
It seems that there will be an internationally coordinated new effort to bring Turkey and Greece back to discussions about their longstanding disputes after elections have taken place in both countries.
In less than two weeks, Turkish voters will go to the polls for what could be the most crucial elections in Greece’s neighbour for the last twenty years.
Recent developments have put Greece’s position on Kosovo under the spotlight, although Athens insists that it has not changed its stance on the matter.
Europe’s need to secure cheaper energy could be resolved by an ambitious project being promoted by Egypt and Greece, although the role of Turkey in the region could play a vital role.