Gerapetritis at the centre of interest of Turkish analysts

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With Giorgos Gerapetritis and Hakan Fidan now the new foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey, the relations between the two countries have been put under the microscope.

The rhetorical delusions of Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as Turkey's Foreign Minister in previous years were part of the reasons why Greek-Turkish relations continually escalated, but the February 6 earthquake, with 53,000 dead, lessened tensions due to Greece's solidarity and humanitarian aid to affected areas.

At the time, the two foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey, Nikos Dendias and Çavuşoğlu, declared themselves "friends" and shook hands promising "new, better days" between the two countries.

The head of the Department of International Relations of the Middle East University, Hüseyin Bağcı, speaking on the Habertürk TV, said: "The Dendias-Çavuşoğlu period, even though they called each other 'my brotherly friend' etc. in their rhetoric, they were particularly harsh."

The elections in both countries brought changes in the foreign ministries, with the two countries' leaders choosing "trusted friends" for the position of the ministries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan chose Hakan Fidan and Kyriakos Mitsotakis chose Giorgos Gerapetritis, two persons who must face a "perpetual war" in reality.

Turkish analysts: "Gerapetritis and Fidan will write the new page of Greece-Turkey relations" and
"The two foreign ministers cannot afford to continue the tension," analysts said to Habertürk.

Habertürk journalist Afşin Yurdakul reported: "The Foreign Minister of Greece has expertise in international law.

"Mainly for the Greek-Turkish relations, for the differences in the Aegean and the essence of the relations between Greece and Turkey, specialisation in international law is of great importance for them.

"The foreign minister of Turkey was the head of the Secret Service. That is, the expert in international law and the head of the secret services will write the new page of relations. Both are close to Mitsotakis and Erdoğan.

"What can happen differently than always in relation to the past."

Bağcı added: "Indeed, it is so. The new foreign minister has an academic maturity. He is also a close associate. It is difficult to become a 'hawk' when an academic of international law. He will approach the issues with more maturity.

"We are entering a period when both foreign ministers cannot afford to lead the two countries into a period of tension because both Europe and the whole world are changing. So the continuation of a tension as it was 4-5 years ago will not bring any benefit to the two countries."

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