Communiqué on the meeting of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with the President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the President of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met in New York on 20 September, in the margins of the UN General Assembly, in the presence of the Foreign Ministers, Giorgos Gerapetritis and Hakan Fidan.

The two leaders confirmed the positive climate in the relations between Greece and Türkiye and their determination to preserve it.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also confirmed the roadmap and timeline of contacts between the two countries, as agreed at the meeting of the Foreign Ministers in Ankara on 5 September, which includes:

The meetings in mid-October of the Deputy Ministers for Foreign Affairs, responsible for the political dialogue and the positive agenda; the meetings in November for the Confidence Building Measures; and the meeting of the Greece -Türkiye High Level Cooperation Council on 7 December in Thessaloniki.

The two leaders further exchanged views on regional and international issues.

They also discussed the climate crisis and its consequences, particularly in the Mediterranean region, as both countries recently experienced severe natural disasters, and agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in Civil Protection as a matter of top priority.

They also agreed to work together to address the issue of migration, recognizing that this is a common challenge for both countries.

The Foreign Ministers were tasked to continue work and coordination in order to take forward the agreed roadmap.