Athens officially protests … the detention of the governor of a Greek region for several hours in Turkey

Athens announced on Saturday that it had officially protested against Turkey after the “detention” of the governor of a Greek region who was in the country for a few hours.

“We categorically condemn the unacceptable and completely arbitrary detention and the refusal of the Turkish authorities in Smyrna to enter the governor of Central Macedonia,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said. in a note.

“We are waiting for the relevant Turkish authorities to provide immediate explanations and invite them to take the necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. in future, “he added.

The governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzizikostas, was on his way to Smyrna to attend the meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly.

Information available in Athens indicated that he had been barred from entering in Turkish territory upon his arrival at the port of that city and which he waited in an office for six hours.

Greece and Turkey have been busy for months in a war of words, exacerbated by regional differences and by the theme of migration and the exploitation of gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

Furthermore, the controversy was exacerbated by statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior officials who put in doubt the treaties defining the Greek territory in the Aegean Sea.

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