Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is an important leader, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in an interview with local media as he expressed support for the direct talks between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and called the Turkish leader “hospitable and cordial person on a personal level.”
“President Erdoğan is an important leader and has accomplished a lot,” Dendias also said.
Whether we accept it or not, he is a leader who has ruled Turkey almost as long as Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and who has determined Turkey’s image, he added.
At the same time, he stressed that Greece has major differences with Turkey’s regional policies, adding: “There is still a long way to The Hague to resolve our differences with Turkey”.
“There must first be an agreement between the two countries, on what will be judged exactly before reaching The Hague,” Dendias noted in his interview with Newsbomb on Saturday.
“The fixed Greek position, regardless of government and ministers, is that the issue we can discuss is the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone at sea,” he said.
He also clarified that when Greece speaks of maritime borders, it is referring to “the extent of maritime borders authorized by international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which is 12 nautical miles”.
Dendias underlined that Greece chooses when and how it will exercise its right, and that this is its own prerogative.