Istanbul, May 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
In a warm and cordial atmosphere took place the meeting between Alexis Tsipras and Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.
For 50 minutes the two leaders, accompanied by their government officials, in a room specially designed for the needs of the meetings of the Turkish president in the B2 of the International Conference Centre, they discussed the issue of the EU – Turkey Agreement on the management of the refugee flows.
According to information from government circles, the Greek prime minister expressed the satisfaction of Athens for the hitherto implementation of the Agreement, since the flows have been reduced, traffickers have been sufficiently dealt with and the contribution of NATO is vital, but there are still some problems “that we can and must face”.
The second issue dominated the Tsipras-Erdogan meeting was, according to other information, the situation in the Aegean. Alexis Tsipras expressed the dissatisfaction of the Greek government for the growing Turkish delinquent activity in the Aegean, with the two sides agreeing to activate diplomatic channels directly aimed at defusing the situation.
According to information of IBNA, if there is no change in the political leadership of the Turkish Foreign Ministry in the new government of the new prime minister Binali Yildirim, Mevlut Cavusoglu will meet with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias in June in the prefecture of Chania in Crete.
The discussion also focused on Greek-Turkish cooperation in various fields, in the framework of the discussion which was opened with the realisation of the recent Supreme Greece – Turkey Cooperation Council in Izmir, last March, while after the inauguration of the new Turkish government, meetings will be scheduled between the new ministers and their Greek counterparts in early autumn.
Among the topics discussed was energy, but also tourism and transport (including the Istanbul – Thessaloniki connection, the direct connection Izmir – Athens, the Ankara – Athens connection).
Alexis Tsipras and Recep Tayyip Erdogan also discussed the Cyprus issue, expressing their support to the talks between Nikos Anastasiadss and Mustafa Akinci for the resolution of the political problem.
Meetings with Merkel, Costa, Higgins and Ecumenical Patriarch
The Greek prime minister had a 40-minute meeting with the German chancellor.
The focus of the talks was the refugee problem and the developments in the Greek economy, after the enactment of multi-bill in the House.
The two sides expressed optimism that the Eurogroup meeting will be successful in all aspects and sources from Maximos indicate that in the Eurogroup today there will be an initial commitment for the Greek debt.
In Istanbul, the Greek premier had a brief meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa and the president of Ireland Michael Higgins, “with an old friend of Greece”, as he wrote in a post on his Twitter account.
For the Greek minority and the reopening of the Theological School of Halki discussed Alexis Tsipras and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in a meeting held on the sidelines of the UN World Humanitarian Summit, as stated in a post of the prime minister on Twitter.
“With the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew we talked about the Greek minority and the reopening of the Halki Theological School”, writes the post of the prime minister.
Photos: Andrea Bonetti