Greek and Turkish leaders met on Wednesday on the sideline of the NATO Leaders Summit in Watford, Northwest of London.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the two countries can overcome their differences with goodwill, following the meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“I raised all the issues emerging from the latest Turkish acts, and disagreements on either side were recorded,” he said following the meeting. “Nevertheless, both sides agreed to continue talks on the (Greek) National Defence ministry’s Confidence-Building Measures.”
Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias was present during the one-and-a-half-hour meeting and would brief all parliamentary parties on the discussion at the National Council on Foreign Policy.
“I would like to assure the Greek people that difficulties in our relationship with Turkey have always existed, still exist, and will exist. But I believe that as long as both sides show goodwill, these difficulties can be overcome,” Mr Mitsotakis said.
Sources state that Mr Mitsotakis raised the issue of the Turkey-Libya memorandum of understanding on maritime zones in the East Mediterranean during the meeting as the agreement is legally invalid and complicates matters in a volatile region. Other issues discussed included the refugee issue in light of a change in Turkey’s stand on the EU-Turkey Joint Statement.