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turkey's erdogan arrives in athens for official greece visit

athens, greece — recep tayyip erdogan arrived in athens thursday for the first official visit to greece by a turkish president in decades, with greece hoping the trip will help improve often frosty ties with its neighbor and nato ally.erdogan was greeted by an honor guard at the airport and headed to central athens, laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier before talks with greek prime minister alexis tsipras and other officials. on friday, he travels to northeastern greece to meet with members of the country's muslim minority.security was tight in the greek capital, with roads shut down and demonstrations banned in the center of athens.on the eve of his arrival, erdogan alarmed greek officials by saying in an interview with greece's skai television that the 1923 treaty of lausanne, which determined current greek-turkish borders among other issues, should be "updated.""in fact, all agreements (pacts) in the world should be updated with the passage of time," erdogan said in the interview. "lausanne too, in the face of all these developments, is in need of an update. this update would be beneficial not only for turkey but also for greece."erdogan has made similar comments in the past about the peace treaty, which set the borders of modern turkey, but his repetition on the day before his arrival in athens came as an unwelcome surprise to his hosts.his comments "raises serious concerns and questions," greek government spokesman dimitris tzanakopoulos said in...