Uraloğlu elaborated on the technical measures agreed upon, including the initiation of separate construction tenders for the Greek and Turkish sides of the bridge, the establishment of a joint inspection group overseeing both contractors and the creation of a structural health monitoring system and operation center on the bridge.
The transportation collaboration gained momentum during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recent visit to Greece, marking a "new era" in bilateral relations. The five-hour visit, occurring on the sidelines of the fifth meeting of the high cooperation council, symbolizes a potential turning point in the longstanding diplomatic ties between the NATO allies.
Erdoğan announced a commitment to annual meetings with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to foster continued dialogue. The leaders signed a non-binding declaration of friendship and good neighborly relations, solidifying their commitment to mend historically strained ties.
In addition to addressing Aegean and Mediterranean positions, the leaders discussed the visa issue, with Mitsotakis proposing an exemption for Turkish citizens from Schengen visa requirements for seven days to visit the eastern Aegean islands.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News