Mayor of Metropolitan Izmir; Aziz Kocaoğlu announced their plans to start a new ferry service between Izmir and Lesbos (Mytilene). Mytilene is the capital and port of the island of Lesbos, Greece.
Speaking at the Greece-Turkey Sea Tourism and Investment Forum which is attended by businessmen and investors from the two countries, İzmir Mayor announced that construction of two high-speed vessels continues and he expects the ferry service between İzmir and Lesbos will start mid of 2017.
The Greece-Turkey Sea Tourism and Investment Forum is co-organized by the General Consulate of Greece in Izmir and the Maritime Chamber of Izmir today on Monday, March 28, 2016, in Izmir.
Mr. Kocaoğlu said that Turkey and Greece, which share a common history and Aegean sea, should promote and do marketing together. That cooperation will also help to enhance peace in the region.
Speaking about the refugee crisis, Mr. Kocaoğlu said that Turkey and Greece are the two countries most affected. “Working together in both tourism and maritime industries will be an important step for the two countries at resolving the Cyprus issue. We can overcome the refugee crises and other difficulties through cooperation,” added Mr. Kocaoğlu.