Greek president affirms commitment to dialogue with Turkey

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou has described Greece as “a pillar of stability in the southeastern Mediterranean and the broader region,” while pledging the country’s commitment to dialogue with Turkey.

In an interview with state broadcaster ERT aired late Tuesday, Sakellaropoulou said that notwithstanding spells of tense ties between Greece and Turkey, including recent incidents in the Evros border region and the Aegean Sea, “we are neighbours and we will remain neighbours.”

“Neighbors need each other,” she added.

While emphasising that Greece is well-equipped to defend its national sovereignty against external threats, Sakellaropoulou affirmed that the country “wants dialogue” with Turkey.

Earlier on Tuesday, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar claimed that Turkey is “a million times right in the problems” it has with “Greece, which,” he said, “continues its provocative actions and provocative rhetoric.”

Turkey wants dialogue, he said, while stressing that it will not allow the violation of its rights.

(A version of this article was originally published by the Kathimerini newspaper and is reproduced by permission.)

 

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