Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is in Turkey for a series of meetings with the country’s leadership. After meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (11.05), Kotzias and his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed yesterday (12.05) to intensify exploratory talks on the issue of the continental shelf, to promote confidence-building measures and to back a new round of peace talks on Cyprus.

At a joint press conference following their talks, the two diplomats voiced their intention to boost trust and strengthen bilateral ties. “It is our shared desire to resolve the problems in the Aegean and to reduce tensions and disputes regarding the character of a number of regions,” Kotzias said. Cavusoglu, for his part, said there are reasons to be “optimistic.” The two sides also discussed tourism, and Turkish officials said that they want to multiply the number of exchanges.

Kotzias is expected to attend NATO's two-day Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Antalya today.