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Newly appointed Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos enters the room for the delivery and reception ceremony at the ministry in Athens, Greece, 22 June 2012. EPA/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS

Newly appointed Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos enters the room for the delivery and reception ceremony at the ministry in Athens, Greece, 22 June 2012. EPA/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras formed his Cabinet on June 21, appointing Dimitris Avramopoulos, a friend of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as the new foreign minister.

Erdoğan’s friendship with Avramopoulos goes back to the latter’s time as Athens mayor (1994-2002), according to daily Hürriyet. Avramopoulos tried to visit Erdoğan in prison at that time, but could not get authorization. Erdoğan was sentenced to a prison term because of a poem he recited on 1997 in a public address. Avramopoulos is a keen admirer of Istanbul. “Erdoğan is a very good friend of mine. I believe in the convergence of Greek and Turkish societies,” he was quoted as saying by the daily in his election tour to Western Thrace.

June/23/2012

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john albay

6/24/2012 8:02:57 AM

bravo I hope he keeps his word and he means what he says! Perhaps he can control his puppets in the greek zone of cyprus as well.

peter boulas

6/24/2012 1:47:13 AM

Should we share oil and gas finds in the black sea as well?

Platonas Arhimedes

6/23/2012 11:25:55 PM

@ ilker avni. Maybe it`s better to leave the oil and gas where it is. Consider the enviromental destruction it could cause if an accident happens on any of the oil rigs or if the natural gas pipelines starts to leak. The Greek and Turkish tourism- and fisheryindustry will take a hard economic hit. No, better leave the oil and gas where it is. Better for Greece and Turkey to use renewable energy sources instead.
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