Deputy PM says Turkey seeks to open TİKA office in Greece

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Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan has said that Turkey has been in discussion with Greek authorities to open a Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency(TİKA) office in Greece.
Speaking in Parliament on Sunday, Akdoğan said a bilateral agreement is required for TİKA to open a liaison office in a foreign country and maintained that Turkey has discussed the opening of a TİKA office in Greece with Greek officials.

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