Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos met on Tuesday with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, on the sidelines of the Organisation of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) congress.
It was agreed at the meeting of the two officials that Davutoglu will visit Athens in September in order to prepare the interministerial meeting that will be held later in Ankara.
After the one-hour meeting, Avramopoulos said that they had a friendly discussion. “We discussed several issues without going into details but reaffirmed our common will to proceed as soon as possible with the further enhancement of the relations of good neighborhood, understanding and cooperation”, said Avramopoulos and noted that “everything is indicating that in September we will have our first official meeting in Athens”.
Greece’s top diplomat noted the both sides seek the creation of a climate of stability, security and cooperation in the region, and asked by reporters if the incident of the downing of a Turkish aircraft by the Syrian military was discussed, Avramopoulos replied that “we did not have an agenda, it was a friendly meeting, and we did not discuss such matters”.
Besides, he added, the EU position on the issue that has arisen with Syria “is crystal clear”.