Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting at the Presidential Mansion in Athens

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President Pavlopoulos (proper) holds talks with President Erdogan in Athens

The primary go to to Greece by a Turkish head of state in 65 years has acquired off to a tense begin, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his host swapping pointed remarks.

Mr Erdogan stated the 1923 treaty that settled Turkey’s borders after World Conflict One was not being utilized pretty.

However Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos rejected any change to the Treaty of Lausanne.

Relations between the 2 Nato members have been uneasy for many years.

What’s the supply of the tensions?

Many points. Lengthy-standing disputes over uninhabited islands within the Aegean introduced each nations to the brink of battle in 1996.

They’ve additionally failed to succeed in a peace deal in divided Cyprus – the north of the island was invaded by Turkey in 1974 in response to a army coup backed by Athens.

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The buffer zone divides the Greek south of Cyprus from the Turkish north

Turkey additionally says the rights of the Muslim minority of Turkish origin in north-eastern Greece should not being revered. In Athens, Mr Erdogan stated they weren’t allowed to selected their very own authorized professional, or mufti, with the function as a substitute being appointed by Greece.

The Turkish authorities can also be sad with Greece’s Supreme Court decision that blocked the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to the nation after allegedly taking part in final yr’s failed coup.

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In the meantime, Greece complains that Turkey has repeatedly violated its air and naval house.

However tensions between these neighbours date again to the 1830s when Greece won its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

What’s occurring with the go to?

The blunt alternate over the Treaty of Lausanne occurred on the primary of a two-day go to by the Turkish chief, throughout their joint press convention.

Mr Erdogan claimed that the therapy of Muslims in Greece confirmed that Athens was failing to stick to the treaty.

“The required assist shouldn’t be being supplied to them when it comes to investments… and there’s discrimination happening,” he stated, complaining additionally that some factors of the treaty wanted readability.

Responding to that, Mr Pavlopoulos – certainly one of Greece’s foremost regulation consultants – stated: “This treaty, to us, shouldn’t be negotiable, this treaty doesn’t have any gaps, doesn’t want a evaluation nor an replace. This treaty is legitimate as it’s.”

The go to, described by Mr Erdogan as “historic”, comes amid a robust safety operation, with a whole bunch of officers being deployed.

Each governments hope the go to will mark a brand new chapter in bilateral relations, with joint infrastructure tasks being signed off, the BBC’s Mark Lowen in Athens reviews.