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Credential Presentations

Credential Presentations

On December 11th 2018, fourteen non-resident Ambassadors (of Burkina Faso, Papua New Guinea, Lao, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Yemen, Burundi, Belarus, Zambia, Uganda, Mauritania, Bahrain, Ghana and Chad) were present at the Presidential Palace to present their Letters of Credence to the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos. The President of the Republic accepted their Credentials ...
Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of Romania, Lucian Fătu

Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of Romania, Lucian Fătu

  DIPLOMATIC PROFILE   Romania will be at the core of the European decision-making process in the first semester of 2019… Preparations… rely on a systematic and concerted effort of all the relevant players at national level… since everybody brings its own contribution to this major project that we perceive both as a challenge and as a ...
State Visit of the President of Germany to Greece

State Visit of the President of Germany to Greece

Greece and Germany making a new start Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Mrs. Elke Büdenbender paid a State Visit to the Hellenic Republic from 10th-12th October 2018, during which time the German President praised the efforts of the Greek people to master the country’s financial crisis through tough austerity measures. “I have great ...
Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic in Athens

Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic in Athens

  Praise for the contribution towards European unification   President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis received his Slovakian counterpart Andrej Daňko in Athens recently. The President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic paid an Official Visit to Greece at the invitation of Speaker Voutsis. During the visit there was a presentation in ...
Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Iveta Hricová

Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Iveta Hricová

  DIPLOMATIC PROFILE     “One of the high priorities of the SK V4 Presidency is the Balkan region. We are strong advocates of the EU enlargement process. By providing political and project-oriented assistance to the region in order to support their Euro-Atlantic integration, we contribute to the strengthening of local civil society and regional cooperation.”   ...
The Third Rhodes Conference for Security and Stability

The Third Rhodes Conference for Security and Stability

    “This initiative is being carried out within the context of a number of cooperation schemes being promoted by Greece. Through a proactive and multidimensional foreign policy, a bridge-building network is being created between the countries of the region. Through these initiatives, Greece’s position as a pillar of stability is being enhanced and recognised. ...
The 4th quadrilateral meeting of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia

The 4th quadrilateral meeting of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia

  Focus on regional development   The 4th quadrilateral meeting of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia was held on July 4th in Thessaloniki and focused on regional developments such as the European perspective of the Western Balkans, security issues, refugee and migration and coordination ahead of the 16 + 1 Summit (China + Eastern European ...
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam in Athens

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam in Athens

  Greece backs all-round cooperation with Vietnam   The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, met at the Foreign Ministry on July 2nd with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Pham Binh Minh, who was carrying out a visit to Greece following Minister Kotzias’ visit to Hanoi last year in ...
Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Ferry Adamhar

Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Ferry Adamhar

  DIPLOMATIC PROFILE   “Through such an independent and active foreign policy, Indonesia has been successfully pursuing its national interests as enshrined in its Constitution of 1945, achieving a prosperous, democratic and just nation, whilst at the same time, playing an active role in maintaining world peace and order.”   GDL: What are main aspects ...
His Excellency the President of India pays State Visit to Greece

His Excellency the President of India pays State Visit to Greece

  India accepts an invitation to become the ‘Honoured Country’ in the Thessaloniki International Fair 2019     His Excellency the President of the Republic of India Ram Nath Kovind was on a State Visit to Athens on June 16th-19th for talks with Greek leaders aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries. President of ...
Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mohamed Farid Monib

Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mohamed Farid Monib

  DIPLOMATIC PROFILE   “Egyptian foreign policy works to clarify the reality of what is happening in the country and the great efforts exerted in the fields of economic and social development, combating terrorism and enhancing security besides working on developing Egypt’s balanced relations with various regional and international parties and strengthening its relations with the international ...
Estonia expresses support for strengthening solidarity to address present-day challenges

Estonia expresses support for strengthening solidarity to address present-day challenges

Her Excellency the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, paid a State Visit to Greece from 16th-18th May and met with the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis and main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In addition, the Estonian Head of State ...
Greece and the UK will continue to enhance relations and build up their great friendship

Greece and the UK will continue to enhance relations and build up their great friendship

His Royal Highness, Charles, the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, paid a three-day Official Visit to Greece from the 9th-11th May, following an invitation by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos. The two Royal guests were received by the President and his wife, Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi, at the ...
The 2nd Ministerial ‘Visegrad 4 plus Balkan 4 plus’ Meeting

The 2nd Ministerial ‘Visegrad 4 plus Balkan 4 plus’ Meeting

  “We want a more united EU, which is more democratic and socially just. An EU that is stronger in the world and cares for its citizens”     Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Group and Balkan EU Member States reiterated their commitment to deepen cooperation to address common challenges during a meeting at a ...
Foreign Minister Kotzias holds talks in Washington and New York

Foreign Minister Kotzias holds talks in Washington and New York

  US commends Greece for its leadership role in the region   Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias concluded his circle of meetings and important talks in Washington after his meeting with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo (above), Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell (1); National Security Advisor to the US President, John Bolton (2); (3) Senators ...
3rd Ministerial Meeting – Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

3rd Ministerial Meeting – Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The Third Ministerial Meeting between Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia took place on 3rd-4th May in Thessaloniki with the participation of the respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Transport. Talks between the Foreign Ministers focused on issues of common interest, with an emphasis on recent developments in the Middle ...
European Commission President visits Athens

European Commission President visits Athens

  “Opening a new chapter in Greek history; a crucial point for Greece and Europe”   During his meetings with State and political leaders of Greece on April 26th, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sent a message for a clear exit from the memorandum, praising the outcome of the country’s efforts and highlighting its “excellent” ...
Foreign Minister meets with counterparts in: Serbia, FYROM and Kosovo

Foreign Minister meets with counterparts in: Serbia, FYROM and Kosovo

  The head of diplomacy of the Hellenic Republic, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, paid a three-day tour in Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Kosovo from April 10th-12th, thus boosting Greece’s important role in the Balkans through the multi-dimensional and active policy of the Greek Government. His first stop was in Belgrade, ...
Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Finland, Juha Pyykkö

Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Finland, Juha Pyykkö

  DIPLOMATIC PROFILE     The operating environment of foreign and security policy, both in the immediate vicinity of Finland as well as globally, are in an intense state of flux… Strengthening the European Union as a security community is one of the focus areas of Finland’s foreign and security policy… Strengthening the Common Foreign ...
Bulgaria honours Parliament President with a working luncheon

Bulgaria honours Parliament President with a working luncheon

  The President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis was a special guest at a working luncheon organised by the Bulgarian Embassy in Athens at the end of last month. During the meeting, topics on the European agenda during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU were discussed. In his speech, Parliament Speaker ...
Official visit of the President of the Hellenic Parliament to Jordan

Official visit of the President of the Hellenic Parliament to Jordan

  The bilateral relations between Greece and Jordan and the need to further strengthen them, as well as addressing the refugee-immigration issue affecting both countries, were at the heart of the meetings held by the President of the Hellenic Parliament, Nikos Voutsis, in Amman, Jordan on March 14th.   During a formal visit to the ...
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa says Greece can count on Portugal’s support

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa says Greece can count on Portugal’s support

  Greece can count on Portugal’s support to tackle common challenges, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told Greek political leaders during his State Visit in Athens on March 13th-14th. “Greece will fully meet the obligations it has undertaken… We are confident that our partners will do their part to ensure that the Greek debt ...
Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana, Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme

Interview with H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana, Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme

                    “Botswana has been and remains one of Africa’s leading destinations that offer a predictable and secure environment for investment and business.”   As Botswana has yet again been cited as the least corrupt country in Africa for 22 years in a row by the 2017 ...
The 1st Trilateral Summit of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan

The 1st Trilateral Summit of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan

  “Greece, Cyprus and Jordan are pillars of stability, peace and security”   The first trilateral summit of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan establishes the role of the three countries as pillars of stability, peace and security in the region, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said during joint statements with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and King ...
Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with counterpart in Italy

Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with counterpart in Italy

  Tangible signs of the willingness of both countries to give new impetus to their bilateral relationship   The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, carried out a visit to Rome and met with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano at the end of December. The talks focused on further deepening of bilateral relations and strengthening ...
Afghanistan Foreign Minister opens first ever Embassy in Greece – Interview with the Chargé d’Affaires

Afghanistan Foreign Minister opens first ever Embassy in Greece – Interview with the Chargé d’Affaires

  Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias recently met at the Foreign Ministry with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Salahuddin Rabbani, who was carrying out an Official Visit to Greece. The two Ministers focused on the upgrading of bilateral cooperation, marked by the opening of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Athens. Following their ...
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