Turkey’s leaders to evaluate aid proposals to Greece

Published 30.06.2015 12:57
Updated 30.06.2015 14:14
Turkey’s leaders to evaluate aid proposals to Greece

Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci commented on financial aid proposals put forward in the last couple of days prior to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) parliamentary group meeting held in Ankara on Tuesday.

"If such an official proposal comes to us, we will evaluate it," Zeybekci said.

Following Zeybekci's remarks, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has also expressed Turkey's readiness to discuss joint steps to help Greece survive its financial crisis.

"We are ready to do the necessary as best as we can in cooperation in areas including tourism, energy, and trade," he told the press in Ankara on Tuesday.

Davutoğlu added that Turkey will contact the Greek government to hold a high-level cooperation council meeting at the earliest to consider joint steps on the financial crisis after the new Turkish government is formed.

Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın also said that Turkey is ready to provide any type of assistance to Greece in this difficult period

In the last couple of days, proposals regarding financial aid to Greece have been put forward in Turkish political and media circles. Greece has 1.6 billion euros worth of debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due to be paid on June 30, Tuesday. The cash-stripped country is unable to pay this amount as the negotiations with its creditors have failed on June 26, Friday, and the country's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced on Saturday that the government will take the last international bailout offer to referendum.

Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party Izmir deputy, Ertuğrul Kürkçü proposed yesterday that Turkey should undertake Greece's 1.6 billion euro payment, or provide a zero interest loan in order to promote peace and solidarity among the two countries, while helping Greece to break the pressure of the IMF, Eurogroup and other creditors.

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