Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held a joint press conference after meeting his counterpart Nikos Dendias in Athens, the capital of Greece, where he came for official contacts. Stating that a consensus has been reached with Greece on twenty-five articles in principle, Çavuşoğlu said: “We have decided to mutually recognize the Covid-19 vaccines”.
Minister Çavuşoğlu and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, at the joint press conference, said: “As Nikos Dendias said, we have decided to mutually recognize the Covid-19 vaccines today. On this issue, Turkey and Greece had agreed or concluded an agreement with different countries. We have also concluded a mutual agreement with Hungary and Bulgaria, which are also members of the EU, as well as with Serbia. I believe that the agreement we have reached today will have a positive effect on our tourism sector. We want to multiply these positive steps in the coming period, especially in terms of tourism cooperation. Emphasizing that Turkey and Greece are willing to work on concrete projects focused on cooperation, Minister Çavuşoğlu said: “Now we have started to work on concrete projects focused on action and cooperation. We have reached consensus in principle on twenty-five points. Our relevant institutions will come together in the next period, from transport to energy, tourism to environment, trade and many other areas of cooperation. We have agreed to implement concrete cooperation projects through the memorandum of understanding to be signed and the mechanisms to be put in place. I would like to say that we, as Turkey, have the necessary will on these issues. We were happy to see the same will in Greece. If it continues like this, we can take quick action on these issues and we can go a long way. “
MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN AND MİÇOTAKİS
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Minister Çavuşoğlu announced that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis within the framework of the NATO summit. Çavuşoğlu said: “It is envisaged that our leaders will meet on the sidelines of the NATO summit. We will continue to work together on this issue. Again, as Nikos said, we have long standing issues, disagreements. We want these problems to be resolved on the basis of good neighborliness, international law and respect for mutual rights and interests. For that to happen, our dialogue must continue without interruption. There is will on both sides in this matter. “We confirmed it once again today,” he said.
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DENDIAS: WE EXCHANGE OPINIONS ON ALL SUBJECTSGreek Foreign Minister Dendias said all issues between the two countries have been assessed and views have been exchanged. Dendias continued:
“Today, with my friend and colleague Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, we had the opportunity to exchange views on all issues between the two countries. We had the opportunity to discuss not only bilateral relations but also relations between the European Union and Turkey. Of course, we have differences of opinion and position on many issues like Greece and Turkey. The objective of our meeting today was to initiate an initial process of agreement. If this is possible, then we want to gradually move towards standardization over time. In this context, an agreement was found on the list of the economic cooperation program. Again, we have agreed on mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccine certificates. Citizens of both countries who have been vaccinated or citizens with negative test results will be able to visit the two countries mutually. My dear friend Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, I would like to congratulate you again on the success of Anadolu Efes yesterday.
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Emphasizing that political and military dialogue continues in all channels, Çavuşoğlu said: “As Turkey, we are ready for dialogue and negotiations to improve our bilateral relations with Greece without preconditions in all fields.
Çavuşoğlu said: “We have now started to work on concrete projects focused on action and cooperation. We have reached a consensus on 25 points, “he said.
Minister Çavuşoğlu previously shared on his social network account: “We met Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Miçotakis. The revitalization of our channels of dialogue is positive. It is important to strengthen our relations for the solution of our problems “, he declared.
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Çavuşoğlu, who traveled to the Western Thrace region of Greece, where the Turkish minority is densely populated, moved from there to the capital Athens.
Meeting with Prime Minister Miçotakis, Çavuşoğlu then met Dendias in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.