Greek, Turkish leaders meeting in Maximos Mansion at 12:15 on Thursday

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet with visiting President of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at 12:15 on Thursday afternoon, at Maximos Mansion.

The Turkish president is visiting Athens in the context of the 5th Greece-Türkiye High Level Cooperation Council.

After their meeting the two leaders will make joint statements to the press, followed by a working lunch.

The meeting will be about buildiny relationships with positive agreements, Greek diplomats have told Al Jazeera.

“Maritime borders [and Cyprus] won’t be discussed,” said a senior Greek diplomat. “There hasn’t been any preparation for that to happen.”

One accord will see the construction of a new bridge over the Evros River in Thrace, which forms the border between the two countries. Another will promote student exchanges, an official said on condition of anonymity.

While undersea hydrocarbons have divided the two neighbours, other forms of energy could unite them. One accord will lead to the construction of a new electricity interconnector to trade energy.

Other agreements will promote joint initiatives in tourism, sport and among small businesses.

An agreement on irregular migration could also be in the offing, Greece’s migration minister recently implied – something of particular interest to the European Union.

Refugee flows from Turkey to Greece fell by 40 percent in October relative to September, and by a further 30 percent in November, the Greek migration ministry said.

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