Media sources in Greece say Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Beijing where a number of issues – including the Cyprus problem – could be discussed.
According to Greek diplomat sources, Erdogan and Tsipras will meet on Sunday although there has been no confirmation of the meeting from Ankara. It has been confirmed, however, that Erdogan will meet US President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
The two men will reportedly discuss a number of issues including security in the region, tensions in the Aegean between the two countries and the Cyprus problem. Tsipras – who is also set to meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Beijing – was set to talk with President Nicos Anastasiades before departing for the Far East.
Tsipras is set to depart for China this weekend where he will take part in a forum on the modern Silk Road – to take place between May 14 and May 15 – and have meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Erdogan will also be in Beijing for the same forum before then flying out to the US.
The meeting between Trump and Erdogan has been official announced and came just one day after Trump gave the Pentagon authorisation to arm Kurdish militias in Syria.
The decision was part of a renewed push to drive the Islamic State out of the pivotal city of Raqqa, despite the strong opposition of Erdogan and the Turkish government.
The Turkish leader called on the White House to reverse its decision ahead of their planned meeting next week, according to the Associated Press.