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July/August 2018

Issue Number 472

 

 

 

The Rhodes Ministerial Conference for Security and Stability, which was held for the 3rd consecutive year, is a special Greek foreign policy initiative. Guided by the principles of transparency, solidarity, connectivity, non-exclusion, unanimity in decision-making, good neighbourly relations and respect for International Law, this new structure will endeavour to safeguard what unifies the region’s peoples and brings them closer.

The 4th quadrilateral meeting of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia in Thessaloniki, focused on regional developments such as the European perspective of the Western Balkans, security issues, refugee and migration and closer cooperation in energy, transport and infrastructure. Within this context, Thessaloniki’s role as a diplomatic and economic centre in the wider region is increasingly being upgraded.

The recent Parliamentary visits and meetings of international Parliamentary bodies capitalise on Parliamentary diplomacy for building ‘bridges’ in favour of stronger cooperation, bringing people closer together and encouraging an exchange of views and ideas while forging ties of friendship and promoting the image of Greece abroad.

This month’s visit by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam to Athens, and that by his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias in Hanoi last year, have offered good chances for both parties to review their cooperation results and put forward new orientations. The two sides reaffirmed that Vietnam and Greece share many similarities in national development and history, and Greece, as a Member of the EU, has supported Vietnam in strengthening its relationship with the EU and hopes to become a bridge for Vietnam in that relationship.

The successful 3rd Meeting of the Joint Interministerial Committee in Seoul is proof that Greece sees Korea as a promising market and is aiming to strengthen its cooperation with the country in the sectors of shipping, tourism, agri-food and energy.

And after a few busy months, I believe that we are all ready to enjoy yet another multifaceted side of Greece. Even in the smallest piece of land in Greece, you will find a connection to the past. All around the country and the islands, there are ancient sites of various historical periods: from remains of ancient Greek temples to Byzantine monasteries and Neoclassical mansions.

Whilst a holiday in Greece conjures up images of idyllic islands, long sandy beaches, sun-bleached ruins and turquoise blue sea, there is also so much more for you to explore.

 

Nicolas Boutsicos
Managing Director – Editor

diplomat@otenet.gr

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