On historic trip, Turkey’s Erdogan meets Muslims in Greece

Source: Associated Press

By COSTAS KANTOURIS

KOMOTINI, Greece (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with members of Greece’s Muslim minority on Friday, ending a landmark visit to Greece that sharply divided opinion in the country and saw tensions in relations resurface.

Erdogan attended prayers at the Kirmahalle Cammi mosque in the northeastern town of Komotini, where he was greeted by several thousand supporters chanting his name. He spoke to the crowd outside a Turkish-language school.

“There are close to 150,000 of our kinsmen. Our kinsmen. You are a bridge between Turkey and Greece. That’s how we see you,” he said.

Officials in Athens had hoped Erdogan’s visit could help ease the strains between Turkey and European countries, but in public statements, Erdogan and Greek officials raised longstanding grievances.

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