Turkish prime minister to visit Greece on Monday


Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will visit Athens and the northeastern region of Thrace on Monday. He will meet with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

According to government sources, his meetings will focus on immigration, Greek-Turkish relations, Ankara’s ties with the Brussels, as well as the Cyprus peace talks ahead of the June 28 Geneva Conference.

The visit, at a time of escalating tensions between the two countries, is viewed by Athens as a positive development after Tsipras’s meeting in Beijing last month with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The announcement of Yildirim’s visit follows political consultations between the foreign ministries of both countries last Friday.

Yildirim’s visit to Thrace, which has a Muslim minority, will be a private one and he will partake in iftar, the meal when Muslims end the daily Ramadan fast at sunset.