ATHENS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Greek Primary Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan mentioned the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic by mobile phone on Friday, Athens and Ankara mentioned – unusual such contact for two neighbours at odds about a vary of problems.
Mitsotakis and Erdogan tackled strategies of managing the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak, the reopening of borders and the re-establishment of vacationer flows, a statement from Mitsotakis’s office environment mentioned.
“Mr Mitsotakis and Mr Erdogan agreed to maintain the bilateral channels of interaction open up,” it mentioned, a line re-iterated in the statement from the Turkish presidency.
Erdogan’s office environment also mentioned the two discussed tourism, safety, as well as cooperation on financial troubles and the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.
A Greek source with knowledge of the matter stated: “The two leaders didn’t examine significant policy matters, but they did agree that tension is reasonably substantial and that channels of communication have to be restored.
“There are unable to be a de-escalation of tensions if the two sides never communicate.”
Nevertheless NATO partners and neighbours, Greece and Turkey have testy relations and variations on difficulties as various as airspace rights, maritime boundaries and ethnically-divided Cyprus.
Reporting by Michele Kambas and Renee Maltezou in Athens, and Can Sezer in Istanbul Modifying by Mark Heinrich and Jonathan Spicer