Erdogan first Turkish president to visit Greece in 65 years

In two-day visit, meetings to focus on business ties, migrants

07 December, 11:06

    ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will arrive in Greece on Thursday for a historic two-day visit, the first by a Turkish president to the country in 65 years.

    On Thursday Erdogan will meet with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

    On Friday he will visit Thrace in the country's northeast, where he will meet with the local Muslim minority and participate in the Friday Islamic prayer in the Old Mosque in Komotini.

    Local authorities have put strict security measures in place, including a ban on demonstrations Thursday in the centre of Athens.

    The trip, which comes at a time in which Turkey is facing heavy tensions with the EU and NATO, is aimed at further developing bilateral relations between Turkey and Greece, countries that are still divided by various geopolitical disputes.

    Erdogan drew criticism for a statement he made during an interview on Greek TV on the eve of his visit, when he said the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which established the borders between the two countries, should be "updated".

    Topics on the agenda during the visit include strengthening commercial and energy ties as well as various shared infrastructure projects.

    Another key theme is the refugee situation in light of the EU-Turkey agreement.(ANSAmed).

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