Greece-Turkey: Foreign Minister Davutoglu in Athens

On the agenda Cyprus issue and future of Hagia Sophia

13 December, 12:23

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, DECEMBER 13 - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is undertaking an official visit to Athens on Friday during which he will meet with Greek Premier Antonis Samaras and Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Evanghelos Venizelos.

    Davutoglu's talks with Greek leaders, according to local media reports, will mainly focus on the issue of Cyprus which is compromising relations between Greece and Turkey, especially after recent statements by Turkish Premier Recel Tayyip Erdogan who said 'a nation called Cyprus does not exist'.

    Another controversial issue between the two countries is the future of Hagia Sophia of Constantinople (Istanbul), a symbol of Christianity and today a museum, which conservative Islamic groups supported by Turkish authorities would like to convert again into a mosque, with Ankara and Athens clashing over the matter.

    Davutoglu's visit to Athens takes place while the UN is renewing diplomatic efforts to reach an agreement between the two communities living in Cyprus - the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities - for the reunification of the island, while Greece is about to take on in just a few days the rotating presidency of the European Union.(ANSAmed).

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