During the Assembly meetings, where the new government program was discussed, Ierapetritis gave information about his country’s foreign policy priorities.
“The sincere intention for cooperation and dialogue with respect for international law remains our compass in our relations with Turkey,” said Yerapetritis.
Stating that Greece desires good neighborly relations with Turkey, Yerapetritis emphasized that the resumption of talks between the two sides, creating a positive agenda with confidence-building measures and increasing economic cooperation are aimed.
Pointing out that Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis will meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO Summit in Vilnius next week, Yerapetritis stated that Mitsotakis will try to establish relations with Erdogan within the framework of mutual respect.
Stating that he wants to solve the problems related to the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf with Turkey in a similar way to the agreements between Greece and Egypt and Italy, Ierapetritis said, “The continuous postponement of these issues does not serve the interests of both countries.” said.
Noting that the Cyprus problem is Greece’s foreign policy priority, Ierapetritis argued that the two-state solution cannot be accepted.
Emphasizing that his country found revisionism unacceptable, Ierapetritis argued that the status quo determined by the Treaty of Lausanne and the Montreux Convention cannot be changed.
Explaining that Athens aims to follow an active policy in international relations, Yerapetritis said that Greece supports Sweden’s NATO membership, will continue to support Ukraine, will take the initiative for the European Union (EU) perspective of the Balkans, and attach importance to regional cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean. He added that he aims to improve relations with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States.