Turkish president visits Muslim minority in NE Greece

Source: Xinhua| 2017-12-09 03:27:51|Editor: yan
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ATHENS, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday visited Greece's northeast border province of Thrace, which hosts a large Muslim minority, ending his two-day landmark visit to Greece.

Erdogan attended the prayer at the northern Komotini town's Kir Mahalle Mosque and met with leaders of the local Muslim community, Athens News Agency (AMNA) reported.

After the prayer, he visited a Muslim minority high school where he was greeted by members of the Muslim community.

Ahead of Erdogan's visit, security was tight in the town, with roads blocked off, strong police presence and a police helicopter circling overhead.

On his first day of Greece visit -- the first to the country by a Turkish leader in 65 years -- the Turkish president visited the capital of Athens, holding talks with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Greek leaders and the Turkish president pledged to focus on the things that unite the two countries rather than longstanding differences.