Erdogan wants ‘new page’ with Athens

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to the media at a press conference during his visit at the chancellery with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 17, 2023. [Markus Schreiber/AP]

A few days before his arrival in Athens on December 7 to attend the the High Cooperation Council between Greece and Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to a "new page" that will open in relations between the two countries.

In his comments on Wednesday to his AKP party's parliamentary group, Erdogan outlined his expectations from his visit to Athens and his meeting with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. 

"Our line is clear. We do not see diplomacy as zero-sum, and neither do we see it as a game where one wins and the other loses… For us, diplomacy is an important opportunity for both sides to meet on a reasonable line and an opportunity that both sides win on the win-win principle," he said, stressing that his government has the will to resolve the differences.

Erdogan stressedm "We believe that there is no problem that we cannot overcome...

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