Herzog heads to Greece for state visit as Turkey détente brews


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Herzog heads to Greece for state visit as Turkey détente brews
President to meet Greek counterpart and other top officials as he hits up regional partners before upcoming trip next month meant to bring ties with Ankara out of deep freeze
By Tal Schneider

President Isaac Herzog was set to meet Thursday with the Greek president and prime minister in Athens on a lightning trip expected to be overshadowed by his upcoming visit to Greece’s regional rival Turkey. The one-day jaunt to the Greek capital will come a week before Herzog is slated to visit Cyprus, another Turkish rival, amid a potential sea change in regional alliances percolating through the eastern Mediterranean.

Herzog’s upcoming visit to Turkey, set to take place in the next few weeks though no finalized date has been announced, will likely dominate talks in Athens, along with the nascent Eastern Mediterranean energy partnership.

The president is scheduled to meet Greek counterpart Katerina Sakellaropoulou, who had invited him, on Thursday morning, before separate talks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Parliament Speaker Konstantinos Tasoulas and opposition leader Alex Tsipras. On March 2, he is slated to fly to Cyprus and meet with President Nicos Anastasiades. In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Herzog said that during the trips to Greece and Cyprus, he would discuss “steps to broaden and deepen the rich collaboration between our nations.”

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