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Turkey, Greece announce 3-point plan ahead of Erdogan-Mitsotakis meeting

The top Greek and Turkish diplomats also reiterated a plan to revive confidence-building talks between the two countries' armies but didn't release a date.
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan meets with his Greek counterpart Giorgos Gerapetritis in Ankara, Sept. 5, 2023.

ISTANBUL — Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and his Greek counterpart Giorgos Gerapetritis reaffirmed on Tuesday their countries’ resolve to reset bilateral ties through a three-step roadmap aimed at advancing dialogue on resolving the two NATO neighbors' decades-long territorial disputes.

Speaking alongside Fidan after their first bilateral meeting in Ankara, Gerapetritis listed the roadmap's steps as a resumption of political talks, a resumption of confidence-building talks between the Turkish and Greek defense ministries, as well as the advancement of the positive agenda that was set during the meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the sidelines of the NATO summit in July in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

It is important "to build on what unites us and to better understand what divides us," Gerapetritis said.

He added that the two leaders will also come together on Sept. 18 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

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