The Prime Ministers of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, and Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, agreed to upgrade Greek-Turkish collaboration on the refugees issue, during a meeting they held on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, early on Wednesday morning (Greek time).
According to an official announcement, Tsipras underlined Greece’s support to a just and viable solution on the Cyprus issue, based on United Nations resolutions, and called on Turkey to support talks in this direction, especially given the growing impetus on Cyprus towards a solution.
The two leaders also discussed the prospect of strengthening bilateral relations, especially in the sectors of the economy, culture and transportation.
Tsipras underlined that Greece supports open lines of communications at diplomatic level between both countries – including the talks for Confidence-Building Measures – and noted the need for respect of International Law.
Prior to meeting with Davutoglu, Tsipras met with Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades.
Greek government sources said that the talks focused on the meetings held by the two delegations in New York and the need to boost efforts for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus issue. Anastasiades also briefed the Greek prime minister on details of the talks underway to solve the Cyprus issue.
The two sides reaffirmed that close cooperation between Greece and Cyprus remained the central foreign policy axis for both countries, especially at this difficult time for the region and the Cyprus issue, the same sources said.
In New York, Tsipras also met with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, with whom he discussed the strategic importance of cooperation in economy, trade and transport.
The two leaders decided that a Greek delegation would visit Egypt to intensify the cooperation between the two countries in these sectors, including the development of the new Suez Canal.
It was also agreed that the Egyptian leader would pay an official visit to Greece soon, while they also examined the possibility of holding a trilateral meeting with Cyprus.