Greece responded angrily on Sunday to a statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that described members of the Muslim minority in northern Greece as Turkish. and stated that they did not have full civil rights.
Cavusoglu made a statement during a private visit to the Thrace region of northern Greece on Sunday. It comes ahead of an official meeting on Monday with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens.
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“We want Greece to grant the same rights we have given to the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek minority to the Turks in Western Thrace,” Cavusoglu said, according to the video. Made by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A century after the two countries fought in a war that displaced more than a million people on both sides of the border. Turkey says the region’s 120,000-strong Muslim community is a minority in Turkey. A position rejected by Athens which describes them as greek muslim
Alexandros Papaoanu, spokesman for the Greek Foreign Ministry, said: “Turkey’s continued efforts to distort reality. including the claim that there is no protection for the rights or discrimination of these citizens. It is unfounded and has been rejected in its entirety.”
The two countries, which are members of the NATO alliance, are at odds with each other on issues ranging from claims of maritime territories in the Eastern Mediterranean to the status of Cyprus and the treatment of migrant ships.
They approached an armed conflict last year. As navies from each side move closer to each other in disputed waters during the energy exploration conflict.
Tensions have eased slightly in the past few months. And officials began talks to explore the dispute earlier this year. After a break of 5 years
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