Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras (L) welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before their meeting in Athens, on December 7, 2017, as part of Erdogan's two-day official visit to Greece. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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Greece and Turkey squared off over old disputes Thursday during a state visit to Athens by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that quickly descended into verbal sparring over a list of historical grievances.Though Erdogan focused on the religious rights of the Turkish Muslim community in northern Greece, he said there were also problems on "military topics".The long exchange between Erdogan and the Greek president was the showstopper, however.Erdogan responded by saying it was a treaty signed 94 years ago and did not apply only to Greece or Turkey but also included countries such as Japan. It was also supposed to protect the Turkish minority in northern Greece, who Erdogan said were still discriminated against.In Northern Greece, Erdogan said, Greece insisted on calling the Turkish community there Muslim rather than using the term "Turkish".
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