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Notorious people smuggler operated in Greek territory

Barzan Majeed, a recently-arrested Iraqi migrant trafficking kingpin known as "Scorpion," had been operating within Greek territory, Kathimerini understands.

Information gleaned from migrant smuggling networks suggests that Majeed resided and conducted operations in Greece from 1999 until late 2005, before relocating to the UK.

Disagreement over Greek marine park plan resurfaces

Remarks made by Greek Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis and his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan have highlighted the ongoing disagreement between the two Aegean rivals over Greece's plan to create a marine park in the Aegean Sea.

Satti’s Eurovision entry ‘Zari’ climbs Spotify’s global ‘Viral 50’ list

Marina Satti's Eurovision entry "Zari" has become the first song with Greek lyrics to make it into Spotify's global "Viral 50" list.

With almost 13 million listens on the audio streaming platform, "Zari" now ranks 21st on the Spotify list of the "most viral tracks right now," climbing a number of places already on Tuesday.

Turkey to apply to intervene in ICJ genocide case against Israel

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan has said that his country has decided to submit its declaration of official intervention in South Africa's genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Turkmen gas to be transported to Europe via Türkiye: Minister

The sides have reached an agreement regarding the transportation of Turkmenistan's natural gas through Azerbaijan and Georgia to Türkiye, and subsequently directing it toward the European market, the Turkish energy minister has announced.

Calm waters despite disagreements

The much-anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Monday highlighted a consensus on the need to maintain calm waters in the Aegean, but also to keep open the channels of communication despite known disagreements in key policy areas. 

The importance of communication

For more than a year - which is the amount of time that Turkey has abstained from aggressive actions in the air and the Aegean Sea - two things have become apparent: The first is that Turkey does not back down from its long-standing claims, nor does it miss an opportunity to proclaim them. 

Marc Pierini: Expectations for ‘success’ in Greek-Turkish relations ‘high’ 

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have a "unique and historical opportunity to consolidate the steps taken so far" in relations between their two countries, according to Marc Pierini, a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and former European Union ambassador to Turkey.

Fahrettin Altun: Mitsotakis visit to Turkey is ‘extremely important’

Turkish Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said that the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' visit to Turkey is "extremely important" for stronger ties between the two neighbors.

Speaking at the Turkish-Greek Media and Academy Forum in Istanbul over the weekend, Altun said the visit marks a "serious opportunity" to create joint solutions for regional problems.

Mitsotakis-Erdogan meeting underway in Ankara

A meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was underway in Ankara on Monday, in a one-day visit aimed at maintaining the positive momentum achieved in bilateral ties in recent months.

Foreign policy to dominate the agenda this week

All attention is focused on the high-level visit of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Ankara on Monday for his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Athens' primary objective is to maintain the positive atmosphere and "calm waters" in the Aegean, while establishing a timeline for the continuation of dialogue.

Mitsotakis, Erdogan set for talks to maintain positive momentum

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit Turkey on Monday for talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at maintaining the positive momentum achieved in bilateral ties in recent months despite lingering problems between the neighbors.

PM in Ankara without high expectations

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' visit to Ankara on Monday and his meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will take place without high expectations, with the main goal being to preserve the positive climate, the "calm waters" in the Aegean, and the open channels of communication between the two sides. 

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