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TurkeyÎ„s European course will benefit its citizens, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said on Thursday as he welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Presidential Mansion.For this visit to be historic, it required complete respect for international law and the European acquis, Pavlopoulos said.
The Treaty of Lausanne had laid the foundations for the friendship of the two countries and it was what should support that friendship, he added.
For us, the Treaty of Lausanne is non-negotiable and does not need to be revised, Pavlopoulos underlined to Erdogan.
Pavlopoulos also stressed the need for sincere respect for international law and the European acquis, saying that this was an obligation for both EU member-states and candidate countries.
The Greek president underlined the importance of straightforward dealings between friends, while adding that honesty was an important element of friendship.
Moreover, any dispute can only be solved peacefully and on the basis of International Law, Pavlopoulos said.
He also asked for a sincere implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on refugees, given that justice and humanity were core values.
There are some details in the Treaty of Lausanne that are not clear, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday in a meeting with Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos.
You have expressed some truths, openly and straightforwardly. There are some details in the Treaty of Lausanne, which are not properly understood. This is an agreement signed 94 years ago and not just between Greece and Turkey, Erdogan said after the official reception at the Presidential Mansion.
In the evening Pavlopoulos reiterated GreeceÎ„s commitment to helping Turkey in its European path. "We Greeks want you to join the big EU family because that is where the future of the Turkish people lies. The European orientation fits the Turkish people," he said, adding that Greece is one of the member-states that really believe on Turkey?s European prospects.
Taking the podium, Erdogan said the aim of his visit was to build a new future for bilateral relations with "unity, coexistence and solidarity."
"In my country live more than 100,000 Greeks. Similarly, we have our fellow nationals in Greece. Of course this cultural coexistence has shown us that we can live side by side," he said, adding that if we learn from the past we will build a different future.
"The two peoples have centuries of history," he continued, adding that in these difficult times for the region, cooperation is even more important.
Erdogan also referred to opportunities for bilateral economic cooperation in several fields, such as energy, adding that investors from Greece and Turkey may also cooperate to invest in third countries.