Greece 'Counting on TAP, Southern Energy Corridor'

Politics » DIPLOMACY | December 6, 2014, Saturday // 16:13
Bulgaria: Greece 'Counting on TAP, Southern Energy Corridor' Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (C), Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) and Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos (R) attend the Greece-Turkey Business Forum, in Athens, Greece, 05 December 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Greece perceives both the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the Sothern Energy Corridor, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos said during the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Venizelos declared while at a Greek-Turkish business forum in Athens that the Southern Energy Corridor was "opening a new page in the relations between the two countries".

Greece "permanently backs Turkey's European perspective... given that the conditions valid for each candidate are fulfilled," quotes Venizelos as saying.

Traveling with a business delegation, Davutoglu has been on a two-visit to Athens since Friday. He has also met his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras to discuss issues of energy and ways to boost bilateral trade.

The two countries however remain and odds over Turkey's demand to take part in exploration and exploitation of gas deposits off the coast of Cyprus. Ankara recently sent a vessel to the island nation's exclusive economic zone, claiming it also had rights to exploit it, a move that sparked the anger of both Nicosia and Athens.

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Tags: Ahmet Davutoglu, Antonis Samaras, Evangelos Venizelos, South stream, TAP, Southern Energy Corridor, turkey, greece
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