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"New Beginnings: Greece and Turkey Agree to Repair Relations

Greece and Turkey, historical rivals but also NATO allies, have agreed to improve their diplomatic relations.
During a significant visit to Greece by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the two nations decided to enhance cooperation, focusing on better neighborhood relations, maintaining communication, implementing military confidence-building measures, increasing trade, and tackling issues in the Aegean Sea.

Erdogan met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens and expressed optimism about resolving any disputes by looking at the bigger picture, aiming to transform the Aegean into a peaceful region and set an example for the world.

Their meeting was notably cordial compared to past tensions, and Greece recently assisted Turkey with aid following an earthquake, helping to warm relations.

The leaders extended their talks, with plans for Mitsotakis to visit Ankara and aspirations to double bilateral trade to $10 billion. They acknowledged their shared history and geography and expressed a commitment to bring their nations closer.

Mitsotakis mentioned the possibility of future agreements on maritime boundaries and economic zones, particularly for energy exploration, which could be significant given the Eastern Mediterranean's abundant natural gas resources.

Despite past brinkmanship regarding energy, defense, migration, and military acquisitions, the recent disaster aid has fostered goodwill, referred to as "earthquake diplomacy," echoing similar detente in 1999.

Erdogan encouraged a positive outlook, suggesting to see opportunities rather than obstacles, an attitude he shared with Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

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