Turkey respects Greece's decision not to extradite soldiers over coup, PM says

Turkey respects Greece's decision not to extradite soldiers over coup, PM says

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım met with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Athens Monday, during which the two leaders emphasized solidarity, and mutual dialogue in solving issues in the region.

"Greek justice has ruled on this matter (.), and this decision must be fully respected", Tsipras said.

Greece's high court has refused to extradite the eight men to Turkey, sparking strong protests from Ankara.

Turkey continues to claim that all eight soldiers are members of a network that belongs to the Philadelphia-based cleric, Fethullah Gülen, whom Turkey believes to be the mastermind behind the attempted coup.

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He said the decline in the 10-year yield to about 5.5 percent was already a "safe criterion of trust" for those who would soon be called on to invest in Greece's sovereign debt. "We respect the judiciary's decision, but we do not want these putschists to strike a blow to Turkish-Greek relations", he said. Their driver was also detained.

"I consider that a positive approach on this positive agenda will prove beneficial to both peoples and both countries", the Turkish Premier said on his part, expressing the willingness of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Greece later this year. They then sought asylum in Greece.

The Turkish jets were reportedly chased off by Greek planes before exiting the Athens FIR at 11.50 a.m.

Speaking on bilateral relations, Pavlopoulos said "there are more things that unite us than divide us", to which Yildirim responded by saying that the two countries shared the same geography, and consequently, the same destiny.

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