According to Greek government sources, Merkel told Tsipras during an EU meeting on Friday in Brussels that Germany’s support “is clear and given.”
Tsipras had pointed out that, while EU-Turkey cooperation on migration was effective – as admitted by all sides – it was necessary that there be no tensions in the Aegean.
The two leaders, who met on the sidelines of the International High Level Conference on the Sahel, also discussed the ongoing talks between Athens and Skopje on the naming dispute.
Tsipras reiterated the Greek government’s determination to find a sustainable, stable and mutually acceptable solution regarding the name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), with a single name to be used for all purposes.
Following FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s visit to Germany earlier in the week, Greek government sources, said that Merkel continues to encourage the government in Skopje to work in the direction of a solution.