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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-14

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  • [01] Greek president receives Erdogan
  • [02] Explosion outside courthouse in Thessaloniki
  • [03] Turkish PM arrives in Athens on official visit

  • [01] Greek president receives Erdogan

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Friday expressed hope that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Athens will have positive results and reinforce the climate of cooperation and good neighbourliness, in greeting the Turkish premier at the presidential mansion for a meeting shortly after the latter's arrival Greece.

    Erdogan, in turn, thanked Papoulias, and noted that this was his third visit to the presidential mansion, stressing his belief that this visit will be a springboard for an even greater development of Greek-Turkish relations.

    The Turkish prime minister noted that he heads a delegation of 320 people, including 10 ministers and a large business delegation and journalists, stressing that his visit is "extremely important and historic".

    Erdogan, accompanied by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, was briefly greeted by Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas a few minutes before being received by Papoulias.

    [02] Explosion outside courthouse in Thessaloniki

    An explosion occurred outside the Appeals Court in Thessaloniki on Friday, but no injuries were immediately reported.

    The building had been evacuated after warning calls to a newspaper and television station.

    Police have cordoned off the area.

    [03] Turkish PM arrives in Athens on official visit

    Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Athens on Friday on a two-day official visit, and was currently meeting with Greek prime minister George Papandreou.

    Erdogan was received at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport by Greece's government vice-president Theodoros Pangalos and an Air Force honor guard in an official ceremony

    Erdogan left the airport headed for the Presidential Mansion, where he will was received by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.

    The Turkish prime minister, who is accompanied by 10 ministers and a large business delegation, afterwards went into a working lunch with Greek prime minister and foreign minister George Papandreou and will later visit the Hellenic parliament, where he will meet with parliament president Philippos Petsalnikos.

    Erdogan and Papandreou will in the afternoon chair the inaugural session of the Greece-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council, while approximately 21 agreements of cooperation will be signed between the two countries in a variety of sectors, including the economy, energy and culture.

    In a brief airport statement, Erdogan said the two countries are setting a good example for cooperation, marking a new beginning for the Balkans and the wider region.

    He also noted that he has visited Greece five times in the past.

    The 10 ministers accompanying Erdogan are: Deputy prime minister Ali Babacan, Minister of State Mehmet Zafer Caglayan, Minister of state and chief EU negotiator Egemen Bagis, Interior Minister Besir Atalay, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, National Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay, Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, and Environment and Foresrty Mnister Veysel Eroglu.

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