On February 15th Marios Iliopoulos had a meeting with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in Ankara to express his practical support and solidarity for the neighbouring country and to announce his donation of 1 million Euros for the support of those affected by the earthquake. In that context, he also met with the ex-Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yıldırım, and also had a brief discussion with the Turkish President, Tayyip Erdoğan.
During the joint declarations, the Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, declared: “Thank you very much for the particularly touching and meaningful gesture, which we greatly appreciate. This donation symbolizes solidarity, respect, and the love and humanity which is so essential between Greece and Turkey. This gesture is very important and constructive for both countries.” In the end, Mr. Çavuşoğlu thanked once again Mr. Mario Iliopoulos and Seajets.
Marios Iliopoulos, in turn, declared: “In ancient times when Greece cried, Rome did not rejoice. Today, when Turkey is crying, Greece cannot rejoice. Tens of Thousands of our fellow human beings lost their lives due to the powerful earthquake which struck Gaziantep, and many more today are suffering because of this catastrophe. Solidarity, Love, Respect, and Humanity. We offer 1 million Euros for the support of the families left homeless. Greece and Turkey, together within the framework of friendship, are capable of being the strength of the Eastern Mediterranean, with the advantage of History, Inventive minds, and Diplomacy, given the Geographical positions of the two Countries. During natural disasters, every person should come forward, with Solidarity, because the Universe observes everything and decides. It is our wish and our dream to have a friendly and mutually beneficial relationship between the Greek and Turkish people; even though in the past we have had many reasons to divide us, at present there is much to unite us for a fruitful future for both nations. My family, I and Seajets placed the first founding stone on this route”.