Gerapetritis: We are satisfied to be at the same table and talk with Turkey

Kyriakos Mitsotakis “can’t be coerced, is not afraid and acts on the basis of his own judgement and views,” said State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis on radio Parapolitika FM on Tuesday. Gerapetritis had been asked what the prime minister needs to take into account when making decisions on major foreign policy issues.

The minister also expressed his conviction that ruling New Democracy’s parliamentary group is united on matters such as Greece’s relations with Turkey and North Macedonia.

Referring to the exploratory talks with Turkey, Gerapetritis said that “we are satisfied with the fact that we are at the same table and talking to Turkey. It is very important for channels of communication to stay open in order to defuse any tension”.

Regarding the content of Monday’s exploratory talks, he said that “when there is a resumption of a process which was interrupted five years ago, procedural matters are initially discussed…there are no fundamental issues. These we hope to broach at the coming meetings”.

Asked when the next round of talks will take place, he said that a date will be arranged by the Greek foreign ministry based on the calenders of both missions.