The Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will travel to Ankara on Wednesday the 18th of November for series of meetings with the Turkish government leaders. The visit will focus on international and regional developments – with an emphasis on the refugee crisis – as well as bilateral relations.
According to media reports Turkish PM Ahmed Davutoglu has invited PM Tsipras to watch the friendly football match between Greece and Turkey that is scheduled to take place at the Başakşehir Fatih Terim stadium in Istanbul on the 17th of November. A meeting has not yet been finalized with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Greece has repeatedly stressed that refugee centers must be created on Turkish soil, so that the procedures for relocation to European countries can begin in Turkey. The Greek government has also rejected the possibility of joint patrols in the Aegean with Turkish authorities, however greater coordination and cooperation is on the table.
It remains to be seen what the Turkish leadership will request in exchange for further development of cooperation, as Turksy has consistently aimed to expand the agenda by putting additional issues on the table.