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There is mutual representation at Embassy level. Greece has additional consular authorities in Istanbul, Izmir and Edirne, while Turkey maintains consulates in Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Komotini and Rhodes.

Political Relations

Since the establishment of the modern Greek state (1830) Greek-Turkish relations have been through many phases; times of conflict, tension, calm and cooperation.

The Treaty of Lausanne brought to an end a decade of war that was very painful for Hellenism in Turkey. The agreements reached in the Treaty of Lausanne – including a mandatory population exchange – constitute the basic framework governing the relations and territorial status of the two countries, but also of the status of the Muslim minority in Thrace and that of minorities in Turkey.

The 1930s saw inspired efforts by the leaders of the two countries – Eleftherios Venizelos and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – to establish relations of trust between Greece and Turkey.

However, from the end of WWII until the early 1970s, relations between the two countries were dominated by the Cyprus issue and the persecution of the Greek minority in Turkey, culminating in the events of 1955, which resulted in the latter's decimation.

The early 1970s saw the beginning of an extended phase of tension in Greek-Turkish relations that has lasted until today, based on two main axes:

The attempt by Turkey to revise and change the territorial status quo established by the Treaty of Lausanne and other international treaties, as well as the legal status of maritime zones and airspace deriving from international law, by raising disputes and claims against the sovereignty, the sovereign rights and the jurisdiction of Greece.
•  The Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974 and the subsequent Turkish occupation of the northern part of Cyprus, which continues to this day.

Since then, relations between the two countries have at times been on the brink of armed conflict (crisis of March 1987 and Imia crisis of January 1996), due to Turkish contentions and claims that are groundless and in violation of the international law.

In 1999 – in the light of chronic problems and on the occasion of two disastrous earthquakes that hit the two countries – a process of Greek-Turkish rapprochement was initiated, running, on a bilateral level, along three main axes:

The development of bilateral cooperation in soft power policy areas; that is, dispute-free sectors: economy and trade, tourism, culture, civil society etc.

The easing of tensions – particularly military – through the improvement of the psychological climate and contacts between the armed forces of the two countries via the progressive adoption of Confidence-Building Measures.

Exploring, through rounds of exploratory contacts (Exploratory Talks), the potential for an agreed settlement of the issue of the delimitation of the continental shelf.

The rapprochement process has also been expressed through firm support for Turkey’s European perspective.

In October 2009, an effort has been initiated so as to impart new momentum to the rapprochement process. To this end, a new mechanism was set up for promoting and structuring cooperation between the two countries in soft power policy areas, the  High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC), More details on the HLCC are listed below.

Greece has always been making systematic efforts towards the normalization of bilateral relations with Turkey. In this context, the Greek Government, right after the coup attempt in the neighboring country, in July 15, 2016, has expressed its support to the democratically elected government, expressing, at the same time, her full support to the struggle of the Turkish people for democratic principles and the rule of law.

The consistent efforts of the Greek side towards further enhancing bilateral relations between Greece and Turkey are reflected on a number of bilateral visits and contacts, culminating in the official visit of the President of the Republic of Turkey Mr. R.T. Erdoğan to Greece, on 7 and 8 December, 2017, 65 years after the last visit of a Head of State of the neighbouring country to Greece. Furthermore, on 24 October, 2017, Foreign Minister Mr. N. Kotzias paid a working visit to Ankara. Apart from the visit of the Turkish President, the Turkish Prime Minister Mr. B. Yildirim paid a working visit to Greece, on 19 June, 2017.

On September 4, 2018, the Greek Foreign Minister Mr. N. Kotzias visited Izmir in order to inaugurate the recently restored historic building of the Greek Consulate General, in the presence of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mr. M. Çavuşoğlu.

The High Level Cooperation Council was inaugurated during the visit of the then Turkish Prime Minister Mr. R.T. Erdoğan to Athens on 14 May, 2010.

The second session of the High-Level Cooperation Council was held in Istanbul, on 4 March 2013, co-chaired by the Prime Ministers of both countries. Twenty-five (25) bilateral agreements were signed providing for cooperation in the fields of health, tourism, prevention of illegal migration, sports, female entrepreneurship etc.

The third session of the High-Level Cooperation Council was held in Athens, on 5-6 December 2014, during which topics such as migration and bilateral relations were discussed. Bilateral meetings between the two countries' participating Ministers were held,and a  Greek – Turkish Business Forum was also organized.

Six (6) documents were signed (a Joint Declaration between the Government of the Hellenic Republic and the Government of the Republic of Turkey, a Cooperation Agreement between Athens News Agency – Macedonian Press Agency (ANA/MPA) and Anadolu Agency (AA), a Cooperation Protocol between Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation and Turkish Radio Television Corporation, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of Maritime Cooperation between the Thessaloniki Port Authority SA – Greece and the Port of Izmir (Alsancak) – Turkey, a Joint Declaration on cooperation in tha field of tourism, a Memorandum of Intent on Illegal Migration). Furthermore, infrastructure projects such as the Thessaloniki – Istanbul High Speed Railway connection as well as the establishment of a maritime connection between the Ports of Thessaloniki and Izmir were also discussed.

Economic Relations

For information on bilateral economic relations, you can visit the AGORA internet portal.

Office E.C.A. in Ankara

Office E.C.A. in Istanbul

Useful Information

Click here for information regarding the visa requirements for Greek citizens who want to travel to Turkey.

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Turkey - Contact details for Greek Missions

Embassy in Ankara

Address : Zia Ur Rahman cad 9-11, Gaziosmanpasa 06700 Ankara
Tel. : (0090312) 4480647, 4480387 
Fax : (0090312) 4463191
E-mail :
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Ambassador: Michael-Christos Diamessis

Consular Office in Ankara

Address : Zia Ur Rahman cad 9-11, Gaziosmanpasa 06700 Ankara
Tel. : (0090312) 4360419
Fax : 4463191
E-mail :
Web site:

Head of Consular Section : Charalambia Baltouma

Commercial Section in Ankara

Address: Turan Emeksiz sok. Park Sitesi A Blok 3/10 G.O.P. 06700
Tel.: (0090-312) 4278307
Fax: (0090-312) 4278374
Web Site:

Head: Paraskevi Tasakou

Consulate General in Istanbul

Address : Turnacibaci Sokak 22-Beyoglu 34433, Istanbul-Turkey
Tel. : (0090212) 3938290-1-2, 3938294
Fax : (0090 212) 252 1365
E-mail : 
Web Site:

Consul General : Georgia Soultanopoulou

Commercial Section in Istanbul

Address : Turnacibasi sokak 22, TR-34433 Beyoglu, Istanbul - Turkey
Tel. : (0090212) 2927118
Fax : (0090 212) 2521365 
E-mail :  
Web Site:

Head : Apostolos Digbasanis

Consulate General of Greece in Istanbul - Tourism Office

Cumhuriyet Street No 181 34373, 5th Floor, Harbiye – Istanbul
Tel.: (+90 212) 368 87 86
Fax:  (+90 212) 234 86 87

Director: Maria Rachmanidou

Consulate General in Izmir

Address : Ataturk Caddesi No.262, Alsancak, 35220 Izmir, Turkey
Tel. : (0090232) 4643160
Fax : 4633393
Emergency Tel:  +905526925680
E-mail :
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Head : Despoina Balkiza

Consulate in Edirne

Address : Şükrüpaşa Mah. Sok. 123, No:2-Edirne
Tel. : (0090284) 2355804   
Fax : 2355808
Emergency Tel: 0090 5388815304
E-mail :
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Acting Consul: Konstantinos Pappas