Turkish President congratulates Greek conservative leader on victory in general elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first foreign leader who called to congratulate Greek conservative New Democracy (ND) party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on victory in Sunday’s general elections, Greek national broadcaster ERT reported.

ND wins Greece’s first post-bailout elections and parliamentary majority, according to the estimates on the first official results, the Interior Ministry announced.

On Monday Mitsotakis will be sworn in at Athens Presidential mansion as new Prime Minister and outgoing Alexis Tsipras will hand over.

Erdogan wished the conservative leader success, while on his part the latter thanked him and stressed that he looks forward to having better dialogue with Turkey and a new start in bilateral relations, ND sources said.

The telephone call made by the Turkish leader is of special significance for Athens, as the two neighboring countries have historically turbulent relations due to differences over borders.

In recent weeks, Athens has warned Turkey not to send drilling ships into Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), as Ankara has dispatched two vessels for oil and gas drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean.