Turkey’s prime minister called for an agreement between the two countries to end the country’s long-running conflict with its largest Muslim minority, which has left tens of thousands dead since the country gained independence in 1923.
The two leaders are due to meet Tuesday at the Istanbul airport, the first time in more than a decade that the two leaders have met in person.
The prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said at a news conference after his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that he hopes the meeting can lead to “a lasting solution to the refugee crisis.”
It is unclear how far the two sides can reach an agreement, however.
The Greek government has refused to acknowledge the existence of the conflict, saying it has no evidence to back the claims of Turkish soldiers in northern Syria, where it has been fighting to keep refugees out.
Tsipras said that in the end, he is willing to talk to Turkey.
“We will try to get a deal, because I’m the prime minister of Turkey,” he said.
The war between Turkey and its mainly-Muslim ethnic minority has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 5 million.
The conflict has displaced nearly half of Turkey’s population and triggered years of violence.
The U.N. refugee agency says more than 1 million people have fled to Greece since the start of the war.
The conflict has forced Greece to relocate thousands of people who live in the country.