Mitsotakis says Greece and Turkey have to ‘live in peace’

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attend a press conference at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, on December 7, 2023. [Louisa Gouliamaki/Reuters]

Greece and Turkey agreed on Thursday to mend their ties by promoting good neighborly relations, keeping communication channels open and focusing on low-level issues, such as culture and economy.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Athens in a visit that included the signing of the Athens Declaration and an agreement to work on issues which have caused tensions, mainly in the Aegean Sea.

"Greece and Turkey have to live in peace, find solutions [to their problems], and those that cannot be resolved, they should not lead to crises," Mitsotakis said in comments to the press after the wide-ranging meeting, which lasted around an hour and a half.

"I feel a historical debt to bring the two countries close," he continued, adding that Athens and Ankara managed to restore relations.

He confirmed that Greece...

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