Turkish FM wants better links with Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met in the northern port city on Thursday as part of the latter?s visit to Greece.

?I am determined to help create strong bonds of friendship between Thessaloniki, Istanbul and Izmir,? said Davutoglu.

?I will support efforts for sea, air and rail connections between Thessaloniki and Istanbul.?

Boutaris said that he would try to accommodate Turkish requests for a mosque and Muslim cemetery in Thessaloniki.

The mayor has made it known he wants to attract Turkish tourists to the city.