Public diplomacy and Greek-Turkish relations

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan looks on after a press conference during a NATO leaders summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 12, 2023. [Kacper Pempel/Reuters]

The meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius was assessed by both sides as positive.

The agreement to reactivate the High Cooperation Council, with its next meeting to be held in Thessaloniki in the autumn, reflects the intention on both sides to restart the process of normalizing relations.

Obviously, the equation the two countries are working on, with the involvement of powerful members of the international community, is complex and there will be different and multiple interpretations of any developments that follow. 

What seems certain is that there will be developments in the near future. In this context, Greece must invest in public diplomacy.

Whatever phase we are going through in our relationship with Turkey, whether of rapprochement and "calm...

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