Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in the Greek capital Athens this morning for a two day official visit.
The Turkish President’s visit to its western neighbour, which comes as the first highest diplomatic visit after 65 years, is set to boost bilateral commercial and economic relations while improving political dialogue.
The Cyprus Problem is also expected to come up during Erdoğan’s meeting with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras this afternoon.
Erdogan’s last visit to Greece was as prime minister, in 2010, but he will be the first Turkish head of state to visit Athens since Celal Bayar in 1952.
On the second day of his visit to Greece, President Erdoğan will visit Western Thrace and meet the Turkish community in Komotini.In an interview earlier, the Greek Prime Minister underlined the importance of giving out a message in support for the resumption of negotiations aimed at reaching a just and lasting solution in Cyprus.
“These negotiations should resume when the two communities are ready and they should be structured in a way that ensures success” he added.
Tsipras also described Erdoğan’s visit as “a chance to take bold steps forward”.