Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Athens on Friday on a two-day official visit, and was currently meeting with Greek prime minister George Papandreou.
Erdogan was received at Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport by Greece’s government vice-president Theodoros Pangalos and an Air Force honor guard in an official ceremony
Erdogan left the airport headed for the Presidential Mansion, where he will was received by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.
The Turkish prime minister, who is accompanied by 10 ministers and a large business delegation, afterwards went into a working lunch with Greek prime minister and foreign minister George Papandreou and will later visit the Hellenic parliament, where he will meet with parliament president Philippos Petsalnikos.
Erdogan and Papandreou will in the afternoon chair the inaugural session of the Greece-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council, while approximately 21 agreements of cooperation will be signed between the two countries in a variety of sectors, including the economy, energy and culture.
In a brief airport statement, Erdogan said the two countries are setting a good example for cooperation, marking a new beginning for the Balkans and the wider region.
He also noted that he has visited Greece five times in the past.
The 10 ministers accompanying Erdogan are: Deputy prime minister Ali Babacan, Minister of State Mehmet Zafer Caglayan, Minister of state and chief EU negotiator Egemen Bagis, Interior Minister Besir Atalay, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, National Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay, Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, and Environment and Foresrty Mnister Veysel Eroglu.