Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ statement after his meeting with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in New York

We had a productive discussion with President Erdoğan in the presence of our Foreign Ministers and our Diplomatic Advisors.

We agreed to continue working to deepen the positive climate in Greek-Turkish relations, which has been established in recent months, and we clearly defined the level of contacts and meetings for the coming period in terms of political dialogue, Confidence Building Measures, but also in terms of promoting the positive agenda.

We also agreed that the next High Cooperation Council will take place on 7 December in Thessaloniki.

At the same time, we had the opportunity to discuss a number of common challenges that our two countries face. For example, let me mention the problem of illegal migration, where I believe that Turkey’s cooperation is essential in order to reduce migration flows to a minimum.

But, of course, we also discussed the issues and the major challenges of the climate crisis, given that Greece and Turkey are two Mediterranean countries, which were faced, once again this summer, with major natural disasters, due to global warming and the climate crisis, which is already here with us.

I believe that this field of cooperation can also be further explored, so that it can be the subject of some specific agreements, which will be signed in the context of the High Cooperation Council in December in Thessaloniki.