Turkish and Greek foreign ministers spoke over the phone on Tuesday, according to diplomatic sources.
Mevlut Cavusoglu and Nikos Dendias addressed consulate-related matters, as the top diplomats also discussed the extradition of a Greek citizen detained in Türkiye.
Dendias praises Türkiye’s positive response
Dendias, for his part, said on Twitter that Cavusoglu informed him “on the positive outcome” of Athens’ request for the extradition to Greece of a Greek citizen, father of one of the victims of the accident in Tempi.”
“I thanked my counterpart for Türkiye’s positive & rapid response. The decision was signed by Türkiye’s Minister of Justice,” he added.
I received a phone call from #Türkiye FM, @MevlutCavusoglu who informed me on the positive outcome of 🇬🇷’s request for the extradition to #Greece of a Greek citizen, father of one of the victims of the accident in Tempi. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/JvHLVsdvT4
— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) March 14, 2023
Train accident in Greece
Türkiye has announced that it would allow the transfer of the father of a Greek machinist who died in a Feb. 28 train accident, in line with a request to Turkish authorities.
The decision came after a petition by Dimitris Nalbantis, the father of machinist Nikos Nalbantis, for his transfer to a Greek prison was received by the Turkish Justice Ministry and forwarded to its counterpart in the neighboring nation.
Nalbantis is serving a sentence for narcotics-related offenses at a facility in Türkiye’s northwestern Tekirdag province.
On Feb. 28, a passenger train collided with a freight train around Tempi in the northern Larissa province of Greece.
The official death toll stands at 57, including many university students and nine traincrew members.