Thursday , April 19 2018

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER 2017

President of Turkey pays landmark State Visit to Greece

    “Greece and Turkey have more things in common than differences”   Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a landmark visit to Greece on December 7th-8th in which he was greeted by an honour guard at the airport before heading to central Athens to lay a wreath at the ...

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Minister of Foreign Affairs carries out a tour of Asia

  An upgrading of bilateral political dialogue and potential investment sought     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias carried out a tour in Asia and visited India, Singapore and South Korea, as part of the multidimensional and active foreign policy of Greece which seeks to upgrade bilateral political dialogue ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2017

Greek Foreign Minister meets with leadership in Ankara

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Nikoz Kotzias, paid a one-day working visit to Ankara at the end of October upon an invitation of his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Expectations are high. After an unusually frosty beginning to the year, it appears that there exists willingness for de-escalation. ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2017

2nd Ministerial Meeting – Greece, Albania, Bulgaria & FYROM

    A broader strategy of Greek diplomacy for strengthening regional stability and cross-border cooperation   The Second Ministerial Meeting between Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia took place in Thessaloniki on October 4th-5th, with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior of ...

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President of the Hellenic Parliament Visits Bulgaria

  Today Greek-Bulgarian relations are the driving force not only of Balkan cooperation, but also of our common effort to make South-Eastern Europe a core priority for the European Union, said visiting President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis, in his speech before the National Assembly of Bulgaria. Mr. Voutsis ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH SEPTEMBER2017

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 2017

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 2017

Foreign Minister of Montenegro meets with Greek counterpart

  Both countries “beacons of stability in the Balkans… contribute to the stability and security of the region” Greece and Montenegro intend to extend bilateral cooperation to more areas, especially in economic affairs, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his visiting Montenegrin counterpart Srdjan Darmanovic said during a joint press conference ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MAY 2017

Foreign Minister meets with leadership in Algiers

    There is a very good dynamic for the intensification of economic relations   Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias paid a visit to Algiers at the end of April during which time he met with the Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra (pictured right), and the President of the Council of ...

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Foreign Minister visits Prague to meet with leadership

    We must prevent Europe’s fragmentation; render it, once again, attractive to its citizens   Greek Foreign Minister’s Nikos Kotzias’ visit to Prague, on May 16th, took place at a special juncture for Europe where relations between Greece and the Czech Republic have prospects for improvement. The aim of ...

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Discover a hidden part of Athens – Mount Parnitha

  Parnitha is the perfect place for nature and hiking lovers, herb collectors and gambling fans. Everybody finds something interesting on Parnitha Mountain, which is the highest mountain in Attica (1,400m) and one of the most beautiful in Greece.   Ancient Greeks believed that the cloven-hoof god Pan used to ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - APRIL 2017

British Secretary of State in Athens for talks with Greek counterpart

  Kotzias: “Greek-British relations are historic and with a great future”     The relations between Greece and the United Kingdom are historic, long-term and with a great future, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said during a joint press conference with his British counterpart, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris ...

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Deputy Foreign Minister Visits Canada

  Canada joins in the celebrations to mark the National Day of Greece     Deputy Foreign Minister Terens Quick, who visited Canada within the context of Canada’s 150th Anniversary and 75 years of Greek-Canadian diplomatic relations – attending events held by the Greek Embassy and by the Greek Communities ...

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Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of Georgia, Ioseb Nanobashvili

  DIPLOMATIC PROFILE   “The decision of the EU Member States to open the European Union borders for Georgian citizens is an acknowledgment of the effectiveness of Georgian reforms in many spheres, be it strengthening of democratic institutions, fundamental freedoms and human rights, or economic freedom and sustainable development… We ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2017

President of the Republic receives Royal welcome in Riyadh

  Greece & Saudi Arabia reaffirm longstanding relationship     The Official Visit of the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos to Saudi Arabia paved the way for reigniting a new era of bilateral relations.   The visit of President Pavlopoulos to Riyadh included a series of meetings with King ...

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Foreign Minister pays Official Visit to the United States of America

  Greece is a beacon of stability in the region   Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias visited Washington DC on March 13th-14th for a series of meetings with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, representatives of the administration, Members of Congress, representatives of the ...

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Prime Minister of France visits Athens for talks with Greek leadership

  “Greek-French cooperation can pass to a much more essential phase”   Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed Greece and France’s close ties, solidarity and mutual support, during their meeting on March 3rd in Athens. France’s support to the great challenges that Greece faced has ...

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EU Parliament Speakers Debate on the Future of Europe

President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis visited Rome to participate in the extraordinary meeting of EU Parliamentary Presidents held for the 60-year Anniversary from the signing of the Founding Treaty of Rome. The Conference took place on March 16th-17th and was hosted by the Italian House and Senate. “The ...

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Foreign Minister Pays Official Visit to Georgia

Relations between Greece and Georgia are strategic   Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias paid a two-day visit to Georgia where he met with President of Georgia Georgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, President of the Georgian Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze and his counterpart Mikheil Janelidze. During his stay, the Greek Foreign Minister ...

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Greece Armenia enhance bilateral relations

  Armenia places great weight on Greece’s contribution in efforts for closer dialogue   Foreign Minister of the Hellenic Republic Nikos Kotzias carried out an Official Visit to Armenia on March 8th-10th upon the invitation of Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in which the two heads of diplomacy were said ...

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Official Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany

  Germany is determined to fight for the cohesion of Europe   On March 23rd, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias met at the Foreign Ministry with the Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel. Following their one-on-one meeting, they made joint statements to the news media ...

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IOM Deputy Director General pays Official Visit to Greece

  Greece “can certainly count on our support in the coming years”   International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Deputy Director General, Ambassador Laura Thompson, travelled to Greece on a three-day Official Visit between 14th-16th March 2017, stating that the IOM was making a great effort in the European Union, not ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JANUARY 2017

President of the Italian Republic pays State Visit to Athens

  Countries face common challenges in the economy and migration Italian President Sergio Mattarella and the leadership of Greece called for stronger cooperation among European countries to collectively and effectively face the common challenges of the economic and refugee crises. Greece and Italy share common ideals for the future of ...

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State Foreign Minister of Japan pays Official Visit to Greece

  Closer Greek-Japanese relations reaffirmed   The State Foreign Minister of Japan, Nobuo Kishi, paid an Official Visit to Greece from January 14th-16th, during which time he met with Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos, the President of Greek-Japanese Friendship Group of the Hellenic Parliament, Vice President of the New Democracy ...

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Reuniting Europe: the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council

  On January 1st, Malta became the smallest country ever to take on the six month rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU. The priorities of the Maltese Presidency are driven by the objective to restore trust in the EU, the need for dialogue and reflection on the EU’s future, ...

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Conference for Peace in the Middle East held in Paris

Israel and the Palestinians called upon to embrace a two-state solution as the only route to peace   The Mideast Peace Conference took place in Paris on January 15th, calling for Israel and the Palestinians to embrace a two-state solution as the only route to peace. Attended by representatives from ...

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