Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on the sidelines of the UN World Humanitarian Summit being held in Istanbul. The men met for 50 minutes and focused on a number of issues, including the refugee crisis, the long-standing Cyprus dispute and Greek-Turkish relations.
Erdogan jovially asked Tsipras why he never wears a tie bearing in mind their previous meeting when he had gifted him one. Tsipras joked that the next meeting may see him wearing it provided the “secret matter” is solved (ie. the Cyprus issue).
Greek sources state that both men agreed that there should be no further friction in the Aegean.
Tsipras was accompanied by Alternate Minister of Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas during the meeting. Erdogan was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Feridun Sinirlioglu.
Earlier, Tsipras had a meeting with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and discussed the Greek minority and reoperation of the Theological School of Chalki. Tsipras also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the summit.