Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on the phone on Friday.

Government sources state that the discussion was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts which both countries are taking to deal with this. The men also focused on the opening of borders and restoring tourist flows. They also agreed to keep the channels of communication open.

The phone call was arranged following contacts between Ambassador Eleni Sourani, director of the Greek Prime Minister’s diplomatic office and the Turkish President’s Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin. The two officials agreed that the two leaders would discuss low-level policy issues in this first meeting aimed at restoring communication between the governments of the two countries. The two leaders had not spoken since 4 December 2019 when they met on the sidelines of the NATO summit.

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There had been a great deal of friction between both countries.