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Erdogan and Mitsotakis sign Landmark Friendship Declaration

Greece grants tourist visa as 'gesture of goodwill'


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's arrival in Athens signals a pivotal moment in the longstanding tension between Greece and Turkey.

As reported by Reuters, accompanied by a delegation, Erdogan aims for a fresh start in relations, addressing issues such as continental shelves, energy resources, and the Aegean Sea. This visit follows improved ties, marked by Greece's aid after an earthquake and political stability.

Welcomed by Greek Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis, Erdogan is set to meet Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Despite past conflicts, they emphasize dialogue and goodwill. The leaders are expected to sign a non-binding declaration promoting friendship and cooperation, a historic move reinforcing their commitment to peaceful resolution, international law, and UN principles.

This declaration aligns with a positive agenda, fostering talks on various sectors, including the economy, health, education, agriculture, migration, and tourism.

Greece's gesture of permitting Turkish citizens to apply for a seven-day tourist visa for specific islands showcases goodwill.

Both nations aim to showcase willingness to mend ties amid Turkey's EU aspirations and Greece's quest for stability post-euro zone crisis. Despite expressions of goodwill, officials anticipate slow progress on longstanding issues.

Athens prioritizes discussions on economic zones and continental shelves, avoiding matters of "national sovereignty."

Erdogan's emphasis on addressing all issues, if taken to the International Court of Justice, reflects the intertwined nature of their disputes.

The ongoing talks and the expected declaration, while not legally binding, hold political significance, providing a foundation for continued cooperation and peaceful coexistence between Greece and Turkey.

[With information sourced from Reuters]

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