GREEK PM Antonis Samaras last night briefed President Nicos Anastasiades on his meeting earlier in the day with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, with whom he discussed the Cyprus problem and Turkish violations of the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) Samaras said that resolving the Cyprus problem, the withdrawal of the Turkish seismic vessel Barbaros, and restarting the peace talks were the first items on the agenda.
Davutoglu is in Athens to attend the 3rd Turkey Greece High-Level Cooperation Council, along with seven ministers. He will co-chair the Council meeting today with Samaras.
It is his first visit to Greece as prime minister. Other than Cyprus he and Samaras were to discuss energy, island minorities and regional issues. Last night he was due to participate in a Greek-Turkish business forum and address entrepreneurs.
The meeting of the High Level Cooperation Council will be held today followed by a joint Davutoglu-Samaras press conference.
The first Supreme Council of Cooperation between Greece and Turkey was held in May 2010 when Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was prime minister. Over 22 agreements were signed during the visit. The second took place in March 2013 in Istanbul where 25 agreements were signed.