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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-19

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  • [01] President meets visiting Armenian counterpart 

  • [01] President meets visiting Armenian counterpart

    (ANA-MPA) -- President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Tuesday received visiting Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, who is currently on an official visit to Greece.

    During talks between the Greek and Armenian delegations, Papoulias referred to Turkey's role in the history of both Greece and Armenia and expressed hope that Ankara would respond to the Greek government's efforts to build a new relationship. (ANA-MPA)

    He pointed out that Greece might well have avoided resorting to the International Monetary Fund and EU loans but for the financial strain of maintaining the armaments ratio with Turkey. (ANA-MPA)

    "We spend more money than any of our allies on armanents and that is unfair for a peaceful people," Papoulias added. (ANA-MPA)

    Sargsyan also referred to Turkey as a "difficult" neighbour that "continues to adopt the attitude of one speaking from a position of power, continues as always to demand everything and quickly." (ANA-MPA)

    After the end of his meeting with Papoulias, Sargsyan said that recognition of the Armenian genocide and restoring harmonious relations with all its neighbours should be among the conditions for Turkey's accession to the European Union. (ANA-MPA)

    Armenia was not opposed to EU membership for Turkey but believed this should be achieved by Turkey recognising its past and having proper, civilised cooperation with neighbours, the Armenian president said. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias (R) greets his visiting Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan. (ANA-MPA/M. Marogianni)

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