Turkey Congratulates Greek PM Mitsotakis; Calls for Enhanced Bilateral Ties

Ankara congratulated Greece’s new Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis who won the snap general elections in Greece, Anadolu Agency reports on Monday.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hami Aksoy, praised Greece’s main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis for his victory, voicing hope for enhanced bilateral ties.

“We congratulate the New Democracy leader Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who has won the snap general elections held in Greece yesterday (July 7) and has been entitled to form the Government,” the spokesman said in a statement.

“With the establishment of the Government under the leadership of Mr. Mitsotakis, we hope that our bilateral relations will be further enhanced on the basis of the friendship between Turkish-Greek peoples.”

“To this end, we want to swiftly revitalize existing dialogue channels and start our contacts as soon as possible to address issues on our agenda,” Aksoy added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first head of state to call New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis to congratulate him on this great victory and wished him good luck on Sunday evening, according to New Democracy’s sources.