Defense minister open to meeting with Turkish counterpart

Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos has said he would not rule out a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, in the near future, an invitation for which has already been extended from the Turkish side.

Speaking to Skai FM on Friday, Panagiotopoulos said such a meeting was more likely to occur in the earthquake-stricken areas of Turkey where Akar has been spending considerable time, although both countries are in a pre-electoral period.

The minister said relations have improved between he two countries since the deadly earthquakes in southeastern Turkey and tensions have subsided, but "it is uncertain" whether this change will last.

Asked about Greece's procurement program, he said that the 12th Rafale fighter jet the country has ordered from France has arrived at the Tanagra air force base, while the ministry is expecting soon a letter of offer...

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