As reported by the Greek City Times, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu is currently in Athens at the invitation of his Athenian counterpart, Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis.
On Tuesday, the couple visited the Parthenon and Athena Nike temples at the Acropolis, sites the Turkish mayor was visiting for the first time.
Overlooking the city of Athens from above, Bakoyannis highlighted some of the city’s points of interest, including buildings of architectural value.
During his stay, the mayor of Athens spoke to workers and visitors, while Imamoglu received a gift from the Ephorate of Antiquities from the city of Athens.
Imamoglu is on a two-day visit to Athens starting Tuesday, at the invitation of Bakoyannis. In May, the two mayors signed a memorandum of understanding and collaboration on culture and tourism.
In statements after their meeting at Athens city hall earlier on Tuesday, Bakoyannis and Imamoglu expressed their belief that the two cities can build bridges of peace and work together to resolve their issues, as well as those beyond them. borders of the two countries. .
Bakoyannis stressed that “the problems are solved from the bottom up. People create them and people solve them. Even if they are created by governments or – to be precise – regimes, they can be solved by the people.
Referring to city diplomacy, he said that “our differences are real, but local government is the democratic institution closest to the citizen and this allows us to be able to interpret human emotions more effectively. These feelings manifested themselves in our societies with the catastrophic fires that hit our countries in the summer, as well as with the strong earthquakes that took place a few years ago.
For his part, Imamoglu noted that Istanbul and Athens are two cities which are linked by a common destiny and must jointly find solutions to the problems faced by Greece and Turkey.
“The friendship between the two countries is not one of the solutions, it is the only one”, underlined the mayor of Istanbul.
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