Jan 16 2019

Greek PM Tsipras to visit Turkey in early February - Greek media

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Turkey in early February, Greek news outlets reported on Wednesday.

The English language site of Kathimerini, a popular Greek daily, attributed the news to an unnamed representative of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The representative, Kathimerini said, had been quoted by Greek channel Skai TV.

The news echoes earlier reports that Tsipras would visit Turkey in February, though no official date has been set.

Tsipras himself told a Greek channel on Jan. 9 that he was planning to visit Turkey “at the beginning of next month.”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also discussed a possible visit to Ankara by the Greek prime minister last December.

Çavuşoğlu referred to tension with Greece in the Aegean Sea, where unresolved disputes remain between Athens and Ankara on ownership of several islets.

The foreign minister also referred to tensions around energy exploration rights near the island of Cyprus. Turkey has sent vessels to conduct research in areas near the island claimed by the Greek Republic of Cyprus.