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Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Athens December 7-8

Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Athens December 7-8
According to IBNA's exclusive information, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's official visit to Athens has been finalised for the weekend of 7-8 December, as he accepted the invitation of Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who was handed over to him by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias during his official visit to Ankara last week.

This is the first visit of a Turkish President to Greece after 65 years, as the last visit of a Turkish President to Athens took place on 28-30 November 1952 when Celal Bayar was officially received by Greek King Paul, Prime Minister Alexandros Papagos and was declared honourary citizen of Athens by Mayor Konstantinos Nikolopoulos.

The program of the visit has not yet been formalized, neither have the name of the ministers who will accompany the Turkish President. According to IBNA information, the reception of Recep Tayyip Erdogan will follow the protocol for Heads of State, but without the placement of a wreath to the Unknown Soldier, for security reasons./IBNA

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