The Turkish prime minister on Wednesday sent a letter to his Greek counterpart, in which he said that bilateral relations, aimed to be boosted within the framework of mutual respect and understanding, would have a positive impact on regional peace and stability.


In his letter, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Greek Prime Minister and Foreign Minister George Papandreou that the Turkish government was ready to discuss all issues to improve relations with Greece in every area and therefore conveyed a number of proposals to create new cooperation opportunities between the two countries.

Erdoğan said that Turkey attached importance to boosting its relations with neighbor Greece, and stressed that "zero problems with neighboring countries" was among the priorities of the Turkish foreign policy. He also expressed hope that the Turkish government and the newly formed Greek government would speed up the ongoing good relations and dialogue.

On Oct. 9, Papandreou visited Istanbul and met Erdoğan and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on the occasion of the informal meeting of foreign ministers of the South-East European Countries Process.

Papandreou also visited the grave of his fellow colleague İsmail Cem, where he was welcomed by Cem's wife and son, at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery. On Cem’s grave, Papandreou left an olive branch, cut off from the olive tree planted in Greece a decade ago by Cem and Papandreou to symbolize peace.