"We are striving to build bridges between us, and I want to believe that this is also your goal," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Maximos Mansion on Thursday.

But in order to build stable bridges, we need to build them on solid foundations, the prime minister said.

"We always had differences. Your positions are known, as are ours," Tsipras stressed.

"But it is important, apart from the differences, to find convergence and to express the differences without exaggerations and challenges, with respect for the other point of view," Tsipras said.