Cool heads must prevail

COMMENT

Greece is a sovereign country and member of the European Union that has no need to argue with any of its neighbors, no matter how many differences it has with those particular countries. Athens is in a position to promote its positions with self-confidence and without falling into traps.

The two-day visit to Greece by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes at a difficult moment in the relations between Athens and Ankara. Also, it is not clear what the purpose of this visit actually is, especially given that there has been no recent progress on bilateral issues.

The Greek side will have to display self-restraint and cool heads so that there are no bitter feelings or wounds left over from this visit.

Naturally, it is also vital that whatever the two sides have agreed to in respect to today’s visit by the Turkish president to Thrace in northeastern Greece, where he will meet with members of the Muslim minority, must be followed to the letter.

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