Istanbul and Athens are strengthening bilateral relations

Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis has met Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu at the Istanbul City Hall last week to discuss the international city cooperation regarding culture and tourism fields.They signed a memorandum of understanding and agreed to strengthen bilateral relations between the two cities.

Mayor Bakoyannis said: “We had the opportunity to exchange views and good practices for the protection of public health and the environment, and discuss common efforts to confront climate change and cleanliness issues that concern our cities, in line with circular economy and the digitization progress of municipal services. Our historic cities have suffered injuries from this great [coronavirus] pandemic. Our goal is to keep them standing and make them shine again as global destinations. We will work together towards this direction and encourage the exchange of visitors between the two cities”.

Mayor İmamoğlu stated: “We have met to build a bridge of peace and friendship between Athens and Istanbul. As mayors of two metropolitan cities we acknowledge the significance of good neighboring relations and friendship between our cities and countries”.

He continued: “Historically, whenever Greece and Turkey chose dialogue and solidarity instead of magnifying their problems, they managed to gain mutual benefits of all kinds… These economic and strategic interests have also benefited the region’s geography, especially in Europe. This period, that starts with Turkey’s accession process to the EU, is a very good example,.


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