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Friday, December 08, 2023

Greece and Turkey on Thursday agreed to reboot their relations, establishing a roadmap designed to usher in a new era of closer ties between the two NATO allies but historical foes.



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... In a landmark visit of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to Greece, the longtime sparring partners agreed to focus on pursuing good neighbourly relations, keep open channels of communication, seek military confidence-building measures to eliminate sources of tension, boost trade volumes and work on issues which have kept them apart, notably in the Aegean Sea.

"There is no issue between us that is unsolvable. So long as we focus on the big picture and don't end up being like those who cross the sea and drown in the river," Erdogan said after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens.

"We want to turn the Aegean into a sea of peace. Through the joint steps we will take as Turkey and Greece, we want to be an example to the world," he added.

After customary verbal jousting over recent years, chilly relations between the two neighbours thawed markedly after Greece swiftly dispatched aid in the wake of a devastating earthquake in Turkey in February.

By Greco-Turkish standards, Thursday's summit was a remarkable lovefest without precedence, and a far cry from Erdogan's last visit in 2017 where both sides reeled off a litany of historical grievances stretching back to the crumbling days of the Ottoman Empire over a century ago. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 01:41 PM | Reply

Greece and Turkey agree to mend ties

Mmmm...greasy turkey... [drool]

#2 | Posted by censored at 2023-12-07 05:54 PM | Reply


Attempts at humor aside, this is a fairly significant agreement.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 07:07 PM | Reply

Did Reuters stop following the guidelines for referring to Türkiye as their preferred name, or did they never follow them?

#4 | Posted by sentinel at 2023-12-07 07:12 PM | Reply

#3- Agreed.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2023-12-07 07:14 PM | Reply

Good for Greece, good for Turkiye, good for Erdogan.

Greece sees the writing on the (western) wall.

#6 | Posted by ExpectingReign at 2023-12-07 07:20 PM | Reply


... and an apparently Russian-stooge zombie alias from the 2005 dust!

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 07:29 PM | Reply

And how the living ---- in the name of zombie Jesus would you know what humor is?

#8 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-12-07 11:48 PM | Reply

Germany and Russia have both tried to conqure them.

It's for the best they learn to work together before Russia tries again.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2023-12-08 02:46 PM | Reply

Until they reach a mutually acceptable long term resolution for the status of Cyprus the conflicts will continue. I am always caught off guard by the heated passions with which both Greeks and Turks discuss Cyprus. Reminds me of Indians and Pakistanis talking about Kashmir.

#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2023-12-08 02:56 PM | Reply

Attempts at humor aside, this is a fairly significant agreement. #3 | Posted by LampLighter

Yeah, but I'm too jaded to buy it.

Both countries are crap-holes, so they stand more to gain by distracting their citizens with a thousand years (?) of grievances than by burying the hatchet. Would love to be proven wrong, though.

#12 | Posted by censored at 2023-12-08 05:16 PM | Reply

"Both countries are crap-holes..."

Dude, have you been to Greece?

#13 | Posted by madbomber at 2023-12-09 05:23 AM | Reply

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