Panagiotopoulos will travel to areas affected by earthquakes in February with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, in a move aimed at sending a symbolic message of support and cooperation.
The two countries have long-standing disputes over boundaries and drilling rights in the Eastern Mediterranean, but an outpouring of support from Greece to help Turkey following the country's recent earthquakes has led to a de-escalation of tensions.
The two sides have resumed high-level meetings, including talks aimed at boosting trade and other cooperation.
“My counterpart suggested that I visit the earthquake-affected areas … The aim is to send a symbolic message,” Panagiotopoulos told Greek private television station Mega.
“A de-escalation of tension in the bilateral relations between Greece and Turkey is now evident. It is our country’s wish for this de-escalation to acquire permanent characteristics.”
Panagiotopoulos will visit Turkey on Tuesday and travel to the southern Hatay province, which was one of the areas hardest hit by the earthquakes.
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