GREEK AND TURKEY JOIN FORCE FOR A GLOBAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL (Reuters) Turkey’s ruling party on Friday formally joined the Greece’s performing arts community in an effort to bolster the country’s faltering artistic sector.
The signing of the cooperation agreement was seen as a step toward boosting the Greek performing arts sector, which has seen a series of deadly attacks in recent months, with the most deadly attack last month, which killed 24 people.
Turkey’s parliament approved the agreement in December, and its prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, has been pushing the government to increase support for the sector.
Turkish performers at the G7 Summit in June were among those attacked by Islamic State militants, and the country has been grappling with the spread of the virus.
The agreement with Greece, a NATO ally, was expected to bolster Turkey’s economic and diplomatic ties with its European neighbors, especially Greece, which Ankara has accused of being too weak to defend itself against the virus outbreak.
Greece has been the target of violence in recent years, with a series or attacks in which at least 16 people have died.
In April, Turkey said it would send troops to assist Greek police, which were also on the front line of the outbreak.