Mitsotakis, Erdogan to sign declaration of Greek-Turkish friendship

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis shakes hands with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, December 7, 2023. [Louiza Vradi/Reuters]

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are expected to sign a non-binding declaration of friendship and good neighborly relations during the latter's ongoing visit to Athens on Wednesday.

Part of a bid to promote a positive agenda of talks between the two neighbors, the declaration is regarded as historically significant, since both parties will clearly state their commitment to the principles of good neighborly relations, friendship and cooperation, as well as to the peaceful resolution of outstanding differences, on the basis of international law and the United Nations Charter. 

The parties also agree to continue the political dialogue established by the two leaders earlier this year at the NATO summit in Vilnius and the UN meeting in New York, cooperation on the positive agenda and talks on confidence-building measures ...

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