Turkey aims to enhance friendship with Greece: Yıldırım
ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency
Speaking to reporters in Istanbul after commemoration of a population exchange between Greece and Turkey after World War I, Yıldırım said the two countries share a common history and culture despite on and off disputes in the Aegean Sea.
His remarks come ahead of a two-day visit by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Feb. 5-6.
Yıldırım added that Tsipras would be hosted with “Turkish hospitality.”
Tsipras is expected to be the first Greek leader to visit a former Christian Orthodox seminary located on one of the Princes' Islands off the Istanbul coast.
In 1996, a decades-long dispute between Turkey and Greece over uninhabited Aegean islets brought the two countries to the brink of armed conflict and has since led to renewed tensions.