SYRIZA Leader Aleksis Tsipras also evaluated the relations with Turkey at the press conference held within the scope of the International Thessaloniki Fair. Tsipras emphasized that there has always been tension between Turkey and Greece, but that the tension in recent years has never been experienced before.

“My EXPECTATION FROM MİÇOTAKIS IS TO KEEP THE CHANNELS OF DIALOGUE WITH TURKEY OPEN”

Tsipras, who argued that measures could be taken to prevent the tension in the rhetoric from being carried over to the field, stated that his expectation from Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis, like every Greek citizen, is to keep the channels of dialogue with Turkey open while protecting the country’s sovereign rights.

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“CONCERNING”

Tsipras argued that an accidental tension could turn into an undesirable event due to lack of communication, adding, “The lack of communication channels at the moment worries me more than tense rhetoric.” he said.

ALSO CRITIZED MIÇOTAKIS’ Immigration Policy

Tsipras also criticized the government led by Prime Minister Mitsotakis regarding its immigration policies. Stating that building a steel wall in Meriç could not solve the root of the problem, Tsipras suggested that the immigrant problem is not between Turkey and Greece, but between Turkey and Europe. Tsipras argued that the immigration problem can only be solved if the European Union determines a general strategy such as the legal immigration strategy. Noting that there is a lack of employment in some business lines such as agriculture and tourism in Greece, and that Greek citizens are not very willing to work in some business lines, Tsipras said that the integration of immigrants into society within the framework of the rules to be determined by the Greek state can also be a solution to the immigrant problem in the country.

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