Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due in Athens today for a historic two-day visit.
Erdogan is to meet government officials on Thursday before travelling to Thrace in northern Greece on Friday for meetings with representatives of the region’s Muslim community.
Security in the capital will be tight with some 2,500 officers to be deployed, leading to the closure of much of the city center for most of the day.
Erdogan is to land in Athens at 10.30 a.m. and meet with Tsipras at 1 p.m. before the two men deliver a joint press conference.
Talks with Tsipras are expected to cover a broad range of topics, though bilateral ties and a recent spike in tensions in the Aegean are expected to be high on the agenda.
In an interview with Alexis Papachelas for Skai TV and Kathimerini, Erdogan suggested that the Treaty of Lausanne, which set out the modern borders between Greece and Turkey, be updated, saying such a move could be beneficial for Greece and Turkey.
The Syntagma metro station is closed. Traffic alterations and bus routes will be in effect until the conclusion of Erdogan’s visit. The Attica-ring road will be closed from 9.30 to 11 am.