Erdogan visit to Greece going about as well as you’d expect

Erdogan visit to Greece going about as well as you’d expect
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[Ed. – Guy’s a piece of work.]

Erdogan, making the first visit to Greece by a Turkish head of state in 65 years, had earlier angered his hosts with talk of revising borders and complaints about Greece’s treatment of its Muslim minority.

“We agreed to resume talks on confidence-building and security measures,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said at a news conference after a long meeting with Erdogan. …

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, one of the country’s foremost law experts, said Athens had no intention of revising the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, a defining document in Greek-Turkish relations, as Erdogan has repeatedly suggested. …

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Separately, Tsipras joked that another nine countries would have to be chased down to revise the treaty, including Japan.

But Erdogan insisted that agreements can be “updated” and claimed that Greece was failing to adhere to the treaty in respect to the Muslim minority. …

Erdogan, who visited Greece twice as prime minister, in 2004 and 2010, will travel privately Friday to the northeastern region of Thrace where the Muslim minority lives.

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