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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER 2016

Foreign Minister visits Tripoli, meets with Libyan leadership

Desire to intensify its relationship with the European Union Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias recently carried out a visit to Tripoli for talks with the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, and Foreign Minister Mohamed Taha Siala, noting ...

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Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany visits Greece

A long relationship of friendship; defending European ideals German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is also running as Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) candidate for German President, paid a two-day Official Visit to Greece on December 4th-5th, stating that although Greek-German relations had suffered from misunderstandings in the past, ...

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Alternate Foreign Minister on a four-day visit to Serbia

Serbia and Greece to Be Pillars of Stability in the Region Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos’ visit to Belgrade reaffirmed the excellent bilateral relations between Greece and Serbia and the existing constructive cooperation on a political and economic level. The Alternate Foreign Minister’s meetings with the Serbian side, and in ...

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Parliament President of the Czech Republic in Athens

A new climate of understanding The President of the House of Representatives of the Czech Republic, Jan Hamáček, was in Greece on an Official Visit recently, during which time he was accompanied by a large bipartisan delegation of the Czech Parliament. On friendship and cooperation between Greece and Czechia, both ...

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs XXII Class of Embassy Attachés

The swearing-in ceremony for the 22nd Class of Embassy Attaché Candidates took place at the Foreign Ministry on November 30th in the presence of President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Alternate Minister for European Affairs George Katrougalos, Deputy Minister for Greeks Abroad Terence Quick, Secretary General of the Presidency, ...

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The Future of Migration Governance – by Md. Shahidul Haque

POINT OF VIEW By Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Chair-in-Office of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2016   “Bangladesh will push for how migration is managed… and unleash the full social and economic potential of migration. And, in doing so, we will make migrants ...

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Chief of Defence pays Official Visit to Germany

Emphasis on strengthening cross-border cooperation At the end of last month, the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS), Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis HN, paid an Official Visit to Germany, following an invitation extended to him by his counterpart, General Volker Wieker. After the official welcoming ceremony in Berlin, ...

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Egyptian Armed Forces Chief of Staff on Official Visit to Greece

Further strengthening of bilateral military cooperation   From December 6th-9th, the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Mahmoud Hegazy, visited Greece following an invitation extended to him by the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis HN. During this visit, the two ...

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Indonesian Spice Trail; The Quests that Transformed the World

“We are as accustomed to thinking of European civilization as the vanguard of the world that we forget that for much of human history, the European peninsula was at the receiving end of the miracles of the East. Over the millennia, innovations such as Mesopotamian agriculture, the Phoenician alphabet, Greek ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2016

State Visit of the President of the United States of America

President of the United States of America, Barak Obama, paid a two day visit to Athens on November 15th-16th, bringing a message of support and hope as he had pledged ahead of his visit from the White House: “austerity does not bring prosperity and the young must have equal opportunities,” ...

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Russian Foreign Minister in Athens for talks

Several key factors in favour of creating an alliance Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Athens on November 1st-2nd for talks pertaining to trade, economy, investment and energy cooperation, as well as international affairs and EU-Russian relations amongst other items on the agenda. During his visit to Athens, Minister Lavrov ...

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Alternate Foreign Minister visits London and New Delhi

‘Greece: An economic overview and investment opportunities’    London On November 10th, Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos travelled to London where he met with representatives of the British Government and opposition, as well as with union representatives and spoke at prominent British universities. More specifically his individual meetings included with ...

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Deputy Foreign Minister visits Istanbul and Indonesia

MoUs signed reinforcing the timeless ties of friendship Istanbul Deputy Foreign Minister, Responsible for Greeks Abroad (Diaspora Hellenes), Terence Quick carried out his first visit in his new capacity to Istanbul where he was received in by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and met with members of the Greek ...

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Defence Minister Pays Official Visit to Indonesia

  Greece opens its doors to strategic Indonesia   The Minister of National Defence, Panos Kammenos, paid an Official Visit to Indonesia at the beginning of the month upon invitation of his Indonesian counterpart, Minister of Defence of Indonesia, Ryamizard Ryacudu, during which time they discussed issues relating to the ...

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Foreign Ministers of Lebanon, Cyprus and Greece meet in Beirut

Greece, Cyprus and Lebanon to work toward closer cooperation The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Kotzias, together with the Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides, visited Lebanon on November 8th-9th to follow up on decisions taken in Rhodes in September to ensure regional safety and stability. Both Minister ...

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Magical Greece: winter destinations

Greece is known worldwide as one of the best summer holiday destinations. However, winter in Greece is just as magical. The Greek countryside is ideal for winter vacations, as they provide modern winter sport facilities along with spectacular scenery and a traditional welcome.   Nature, snow, fresh air and good ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2016

The Adriatic-Ionian Initiative – Connecting the Region

AII Committee of Senior Officials and EUSAIR Governing Board held in Athens   Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis presided over the 4th Governing Board Meeting of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR), which took place in Athens on October 7th. In his remarks to the senior officials meeting, ...

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Official visit of the President of the Albanian Parliament

  A commitment to further deepen relations in all sectors   Speaker of the Albanian Parliament Ilir Meta headed a Parliamentary delegation for a three-day Official Visit to Greece at the invitation of the President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis. He was accompanied by the Chairwoman of Foreign Policy ...

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Deputy Foreign Minister visits Kazakhstan, Germany, Russia, Thailand and Korea

  New and dynamic markets   Deputy Foreign Minister Responsible for International Economic Relations, Dimitris Mardas, recently paid a number of visits aimed at furthering bilateral relations between Kazakhstan, Germany, Russia, ASEAN and Korea.   Astana Deputy Minister Mardas was in Astana to attend the 3rd Inter-Ministerial Committee of Greece-Kazakhstan, ...

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Consular Corps of Greece Tours Niarchos Foundation

At the end of last month, the Consular Corps of Greece extended a very special invitation to its members to attend a guided tour of the state-of-the-art building complex, as well as the interior and exterior public space surrounding the buildings, of the ‘Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre’. The project ...

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Lake Plastira – A miracle, of both man and nature

  Plastiras Lake is a human intervention which manages to unite the artificial with the natural, culminating in a magical place with a fascinating landscape.   Lake Plastira is one of the most attractive places in Greece. It’s the perfect choice for someone who looks for serenity in nature, as ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2016

Rhodes Conference for Security and Stability; A political vision

  Rhodes Conference for Security and Stability A political vision; to build stability, security, prosperity and peace   The first Conference for Security and Stability, a Greek initiative for creating an annual forum for open exchange of views, took place on 8th-9th September 2016 on the island of Rhodes, which ...

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Reconnect Parliamentarians with the people: “people before profit”

Presidents and Speakers of Parliament converge in Strasbourg   Reconnect Parliamentarians with the people: “people before profit” The Presidents and Speakers of Parliament from the 47 Council of Europe Member States met in Strasbourg on 15th-16th September to discuss the migration and refugee crisis, the role of national Parliaments in ...

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Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of Ukraine, Volodymyr Shkurov

  DIPLOMATIC PROFILE   “Ukraine is a European country with powerful potential” GDL: Your Excellency, can you please tell us how Ukraine finds itself on the eve of the 25th Anniversary of its Independence? VS: On August 24th, Ukraine celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its Independence. This year is an ...

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‘Run into History’ – The 2016 Nemean Games

‘Run into History’ The 2016 Nemean Games   As Rio counted down to its final days before the Olympic Games 2016 Opening Ceremony, the 6th modern revival of the Nemean Games also took place in Ancient Nemea with the participation of many of our diplomatic colleagues from around the world. ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JULY/AUGUST

Prime Minister pays Official Visit to China

Greek and Chinese Leaderships reach broad consensus Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras paid a five-day Official Visit to China from July 2nd-6th at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, during which time he also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping (see below left), Chairman of the Standing Committee of the ...

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The ‘Athos. The Holy Mountain’ exhibition

The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO), on the occasion of the festive cultural year ‘Year of Greece’ in Russia and the ‘Year of Russia’ in Greece, as well as the Anniversary of 1,000 years of Russian monks’ presence on Mount Athos (1016-2016), presented the photo and engravings exhibition: «Athos. The ...

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An inspiring speech to bridge the gap of centuries in silence

1487 years after Emperor Justinian’s closure of the School of Athens in 529 AD, the ancient site of the Platonic Academy recently welcomed again philosophical debates and a ‘scientific walk’ on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the 3rd International Symposium on Restorative Justice under the theme ‘Disciplining and ...

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Interview with H.E. Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Peter Michalko

“The Slovak Presidency will follow three mutually interconnected principles, aimed at achieving tangible results, showing to the European citizens that joint European projects have practical and positive impacts on their lives. We will focus on further overcoming fragmentation among members states, connecting them more closely to the single market and ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JUNE 2016

President of the Russian Federation visits Greece

Agreements signed prior to spiritual pilgrimage to Mount Athos President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin arrived in Athens at the end of last month where he met with the Greek leadership and signed a series of declarations and agreements on energy, tourism, technology and science. President Putin arrived in ...

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Visit of the Prime Minister of the French Republic

  Greece and France sign road map for strategic relations   Upon the invitation of his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls paid a visit to Athens on June 2nd and 3rd expressing his country’s interest in investing in Greece, whilst promising more support with reforms that ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MAY 2016

European Interparliamentary Conference on Tourism

Europe has become the first tourist destination in the world The ‘365 days – multi-destination tourism’ conference focuses on the major opportunities and challenges posed by coastal-marine and alternative – thematic forms of tourism, which may help to solve the problem of seasonal tourism, stimulating qualitative and minor forms of ...

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The start of construction of TAP is marked in Thessaloniki

Under the auspices of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) marked the start of construction of the pipeline project in Thessaloniki on May 17th. Shareholders from BP, SOCAR, Snam, Fluxys, Enagás and Axpo and over 300 high-level guests attended the event. The ceremony concluded with the signing of ...

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The 1st Annual Iraqi-European Business & Investment Forum

Toward the end of last month, the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development (AHCC&D) organised the 1st edition of the ‘Annual Iraqi-European Business & Investment Forum’, under the theme ‘Iraq and Europe: Cooperation & Growth’. The Forum was held under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Iraq, ...

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The Consular Corps of Liege experiences ‘Beautiful Greece’

  On the occasion of the visit to Greece by Members of the Consular Corps of Liege (CCL), Belgium, the Consular Corps of Greece (CCG) hosted a reception in their honour. The guests had the opportunity to taste traditional Greek coffee and handmade sweets. The event took place at the picturesque Centre ...

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The sky’s the limit for the Athens Diplomatic Club

The Athens Diplomatic Club and Greek Diplomatic Life magazine held one of their regular ‘Happy Hour’ get-togethers for its members and colleagues from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 8th. Held at the rooftop Galaxy Restaurant & Bar of the Hilton Hotel overlooking picturesque Athens by night, the event provided yet another opportunity for new ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - APRIL 2016

President pays State Visit to Israel

Europe must never again become a ‘dark continent’ The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, travelled to Israel at the invitation of his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin. During his three-day visit, 29th-31st of March, the President also met with the Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Prime Minister Benjamin ...

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Prime Minister of Portugal pays Official Visit

United Against Austerity Policies The first joint front against austerity policies and in favour of adopting alternative policies in the EU was formed by the Governments of Greece and Portugal following a joint admission by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Portuguese counterpart António Costa that the memorandums didn’t provide ...

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A Visit of Hope and Solidarity

Pope Francis’s joint visit to the refugees on Lesvos Island, on April 16th, with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos was a “historic meeting that sent out very strong, global messages”. The three religious leaders greeted people staying at the Moria refugee centre in an ...

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A flame is lit, a hope for peace is born

  On April 21st, all eyes were on Olympia in Greece, site of the ancient Games, when an imaginative ceremony saw the Olympic torch lit in front of the Temple of the Goddess Hera – beginning the long-awaited Greek section of the Rio 2016 Torch Relay. A flame is lit, ...

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Six EU member-state Ministers carry out Solidarity Visit to Athens

We Europeans should stand together On 8th-9th April, the Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs, Nikos Xydakis, received in Athens six Ministers and Deputy Ministers from European Union member states. In an expression of European solidarity, the Ministers were apprised with the management of the migration/refugee crisis following last month’s ...

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Visit of the Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Greece Supports BiH European Integration Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Igor Crnadak has paid a visit to Athens during which time he held talks with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (pictured right), meeting also with the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos (pictured left) and Parliament President ...

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Foreign Minister meets with Slovak Counterpart

Long tradition of friendship and responsible partnership Slovakia’s interest in constructive bilateral cooperation and an active dialogue during Slovakia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU has been conveyed by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, to the Greek leadership in Athens. Minister Lajčák, ...

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‘ASEAN: A Community of Opportunities’

The ASEAN Committee in Athens (ACAT), in cooperation with the Faculty of Turkish and Asian Studies, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, recently organised a seminar on the theme of ‘ASEAN: A Community of Opportunities’ at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The event was attended by more ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2016

Foreign Minister Kotzias visits Egypt

 Strengthening of cooperation and bilateral exchanges reaffirmed The further strengthening of cooperation and bilateral exchanges on all fields was reaffirmed between the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Nikos Kotzias, and of Egypt, Sameh Hassan Shoukry, during a meeting they recently had in Cairo. At the press conference after their talks, the ...

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The 3rd Ministerial Meeting of the Mediterranean Group

Focus on the phenomena of migration and terrorism The 3rd Informal Ministerial Meeting of the ‘Med Group’, which was held in Cyprus at the end of last month, provided the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and the Minister of State of France with the ...

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Jordanian Parliament President in Athens

EU leaders must make decisions to end war in Syria Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Jordan, Atef Al Tarawneh was recently in Athens where he met separately with President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos ...

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Parliament President pays Official Visit to Tunisia

Excellent bilateral relations; Hellenic Parliament extends support From March 17th-19th, Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis made an Official Visit to Tunisia at the invitation of Speaker of the House of the People’s Representatives (HPR) Mohamed Ennaceur. The visit reflects the “excellent bilateral relations” between Tunisia and Greece said a ...

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Foreign Minister of Albania in Athens

  Two countries should renew and upgrade their Friendship Agreement The Greek and Albanian Foreign Ministers Nikos Kotzias and Ditmir Bushati agreed that any problems between the two countries should be resolved on the basis of International Law and European civilisation to the benefit of both peoples. The statement came ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2016

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