Turkey considers helping Greece on debt crisis

GMT 06:31 2015 Wednesday ,01 July

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu
Istanbul - XINHUA

Turkish politicians are considering helping its neighbor Greece to pay its debts and take the country out of the worsening financial crises.

"We are ready to help Greece survive its economic crisis with cooperation in tourism, energy, trade," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Ankara on Tuesday.

The Turkish government has started to debate on how to help Greece over the suggestion by MP Ertugrul Kurkcu of pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP).

Kurkcu has urged the government to take stand with Greece, saying that Turkey could either take over Greece's 1.6 billion U.S. dollars of debts or offer an interest-free loan.

Referring to Kurkcu's suggestion, Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said that if Greece officially applies for Turkey's financial aid, "we will evaluate."

Prime Minister Davutoglu also highlighted that Turkey is ready to meet any Greek proposal for cooperation. "We want Greece to be strong ... Therefore Turkey will be positive toward any proposal for cooperation," he said.

The leftist HDP has been showing strong solidarity with Greek ruling Syrzia party. On Tuesday, it issued a written statement to "express our solidarity with the Greek people, the Greek government and with Syrzia in favor of a Europe of sovereign nations, united in solidarity."

The Turkish people, who share a deep-rooted history with the Greeks, are also showing their solidarity by appealing their government on social media to help Greece.

Though only hours are left for Greece and its international creditors to reach a new bailout deal for the country, neither side seems prepared to make concessions. A default is in sight and the possibility that Greece will exit the euro zone is mounting.

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