Saturday , May 28 2022

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JANUARY 2022

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2021

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JULY-AUGUST 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JUNE 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - APRIL-MAY 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2021

Virtual Africa Day 2022 Celebration – Thursday 26th May 2022

    You are cordially invited to attend the Africa Day Celebration on Thursday 26 May at 12:15 virtually on the following links: Africa Day 2022 https://greecemfa.webex.com/greecemfa/j.php?MTID=m7e67794931b96adcde10656c975aff44   Thursday, 26 May, 2022 12:00 | 2 hours | (UTC+03:00) Athens, Bucharest Meeting number: 2743 810 3176 Password: 2p4gB4tJGdv   Join by …

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Nollywood Travel Film Festival – 26th-29th May 2022

    “EXPERIENCE NOLLYWOOD” We have the pleasure of inviting you to the Nollywood Travel Film Festival, scheduled to take place from 26th – 29th May 2022, at Harlem Theatre, Athens.  The Nigerian film industry, popularly known as “Nollywood”, has rapidly grown into one of the largest film industries in …

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‘100 climate-neutral and smart cities of the EU by 2030’

  The original video of the campaign for the inclusion of the Municipality of Kozani in the ‘100 climate-neutral and smart cities of the EU by 2030’   Choose Strategic Communications Partner, one of the largest companies in the communication industry, designed and implemented the campaign for the inclusion of …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2021

Virtual Africa Day 2022 Celebration – Thursday 26th May 2022

    You are cordially invited to attend the Africa Day Celebration on Thursday 26 May at 12:15 virtually on the following links: Africa Day 2022 https://greecemfa.webex.com/greecemfa/j.php?MTID=m7e67794931b96adcde10656c975aff44   Thursday, 26 May, 2022 12:00 | 2 hours | (UTC+03:00) Athens, Bucharest Meeting number: 2743 810 3176 Password: 2p4gB4tJGdv   Join by …

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Nollywood Travel Film Festival – 26th-29th May 2022

    “EXPERIENCE NOLLYWOOD” We have the pleasure of inviting you to the Nollywood Travel Film Festival, scheduled to take place from 26th – 29th May 2022, at Harlem Theatre, Athens.  The Nigerian film industry, popularly known as “Nollywood”, has rapidly grown into one of the largest film industries in …

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‘100 climate-neutral and smart cities of the EU by 2030’

  The original video of the campaign for the inclusion of the Municipality of Kozani in the ‘100 climate-neutral and smart cities of the EU by 2030’   Choose Strategic Communications Partner, one of the largest companies in the communication industry, designed and implemented the campaign for the inclusion of …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Greek-Egyptian Business Gathering – 1st June 2022

  The Arab-Hellenic Chamber announces the long-awaited Greek-Egyptian Business Meeting on June 1st, 2022 at the Divani Caravel Hotel Athens. As Greece and Egypt renew their long-term relations at state, business, cultural level, the Arab-Hellenic Chamber, monitoring the trends and taking advantage of its wide network of contacts, organizes an …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

  “Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”     Helsinki Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

  The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council     Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris. On February 8th, the Minister …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - APRIL-MAY 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

    “The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks …

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Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

    “The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”   Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

 

 

“The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks which focused on the situation in Ukraine following the Russian invasion and regional issues. In addition, talks also covered the rapidly growing bilateral relations in a wide range of areas, as well as cooperation between the two countries within the EU, NATO, the United Nations and other international organisations.

The visit of the Dutch Foreign Minister is part of the regular contacts between the two sides, following Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit to the Netherlands in 2019 and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte’s visit to Greece in 2021.

During the joint statements, Minister Dendias mentioned his recent visit to Odessa, Ukraine, a city that is closely linked with the history of Hellenism. The Greek Consulate General in Odessa is operating again and it is the only European Consulate operating there.

Minister Dendias met with the Greek Diaspora, with the Greeks who live there and delivered humanitarian aid, mainly medicines. As he said, there will be a follow-up to this effort, under the coordination of the Director General for Development and Humanitarian Aid of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexandros Diakopoulos, because the Greek Government has made the commitment to do everything possible for the Greek Diaspora in Ukraine.

Incidentally, Minister Hoekstra’s visit coincided with the anniversary of the signing of the Washington Treaty, the Founding Act of NATO, of which both countries are Members. For this reason, NATO flags had been hoisted next to the flags of the countries and next to the EU flags.

Apart from Ukraine, they had the opportunity to discuss developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, including Cyprus, the Middle East, Libya and the Western Balkans, the accession prospects, that is, the European perspective of which both support, with the well-known conditionality. They further discussed bilateral relations, which have been on the rise in recent years. The two heads of diplomacy examined prospects in the economic field and Minister Dendias expressed his appreciation for the fact that the Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece. The Netherlands is the largest foreign investor in Greece.

They both agreed on the importance of political consultations between their countries and the Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Lalakos will travel to The Hague to hold political consultations. They also discussed cooperation in international organisations, their mutual support for election to the UN Security Council, the migration-refugee issue and the participation of the Netherlands in FRONTEX. The Netherlands is participating in Operation POSEIDON and, hence, in the protection of the European Union’s external borders.

The Greek Minister expressed his deep appreciation to the Dutch academic community with its long tradition of classical studies departments in Dutch universities.

Finally, Minister Dendias noted that both countries have a lot in common. “We are small countries, we have a long history, we have a particularly important maritime tradition and we share our commitment to democracy, human rights, International Law. It is no coincidence that the father of International Law, Hugo de Groot, was Dutch and it is no coincidence that The Hague is where the headquarters of the International Court of Justice is located.”

 

Above from left: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, welcomes his Dutch counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, to Athens; the two heads of diplomacy give joint statements to the press at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Minister Hoekstra, accompanied by the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Greece, Susanna Terstal, meets with Alternate Foreign Minister responsible for European Affairs, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis.

 

(Photos: Y.Panagopoulos/Eurokinissi.)

Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

 

 

“The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”

 

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members of the Japan-Greece Parliamentary Friendship Group (of which former Foreign Minister Taro Kono is a Member) and also with the President and Members of the Board of Directors of the Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan).

Bilateral and Euro-Japanese relations, cooperation in international organisations and developments in Ukraine after the Russian invasion, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Indo-Pacific and the Western Balkans dominated the meeting of Foreign Minister Dendias with his Japanese counterpart.

Within the context of the close cooperation between Greece and Japan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ visit follows the First Round of Consultations of the Legal Services on the Law of the Sea (December 2021) and the Fourth Round of Political Consultations (March 2022) between the two countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Dendias described his visit as particularly successful in statements after the end of his meetings in Tokyo, adding that the common ground between the two countries is the focus on the International Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the tackling of revisionism.

“I had the opportunity to have an in-depth exchange of views with my Japanese counterpart, Yoshimasa Hayashi, following our contact in the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels.

“First of all, we discussed Ukraine. My colleague demonstrated a particular interest for the Greek Diaspora in Mariupol and Odessa. We analysed the wider implications of the Russian invasion. But we also had the opportunity to talk about the International Law of the Sea and the cooperation we have established, the cooperation between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs regarding the analysis of issues that fall within the International Law of the Sea, that is, UNCLOS. And beyond that, we discussed our bilateral relations and the possibility of their development in the near future,” the Greek Foreign Minister said.

Japan is a particularly interesting case he added, “it is an island country, a country that has signed UNCLOS, a country that belongs to the Group of Friends on UNCLOS. And something else, which perhaps escapes the attention of Greek society: Japan is a country that also signed the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923. So, in this sense, it is a country which, considering its large size is an essential interlocutor on the issues of the Law of the Sea, on issues of stability and in the effort to address revisionism, meaning adherence to the Treaties and the borders defined by these Treaties.

“This is our common ground when we both condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But this is also our common ground when we talk about global stability,” he added.

Finally, Minister Dendias said that he conveyed Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ invitation to the Japanese Prime Minister to visit Athens.

 

Above from left: Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias addresses members of the press with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Yoshimasa Hayashi; the two delegations in conference. Minister Dendias meets with Members of the Japan-Greece Parliamentary Friendship Group; and with the President and Members of the Board of Directors of the Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

State Visit of the President of Montenegro – enhancing bilateral cooperation

 

“Creating the foundations for a safer, better and more prosperous life for all our citizens.”

 

The first State Visit of the President of Montenegro to Athens, Milo Đukanović, took place on February 7th to February 9th, completing a series of top contacts and highly symbolic initiatives. This first State Visit of the Head of State of Montenegro to Greece since its independence in 2006 is a historically significant event for bilateral relations.

Upon arrival at the airport, the Montenegrin Head of State was received on behalf of the Greek State by the Deputy Prime Minister, Panagiotis Pikrammenos. The welcoming reception was attended, amongst others, by the Ambassador of Montenegro to Greece, Ana Vukadinović and the Honorary Consul of Montenegro in Thessaloniki, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos.

The President of Montenegro lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Constitution Square

On the following day the Montenegrin President began his programme by laying a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in the presence of the Alternate Foreign Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis. He then went to the Presidential Palace where he was granted an official arrival ceremony followed by a private meeting with the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Extended talks then took place with the participation of delegations of the two countries.

A common component of the discussions, as reflected in the statements of the Presidents, was that the bilateral cooperation between Greece and Montenegro is very good in all sectors. However, significant margins for strengthening it were identified, as well as a strong will in this direction. Greece and Montenegro are allies within the context of their membership in NATO and the joint statements by the two Heads of State emphasised Montenegro’s European orientation and the effort to join the European Union, as well as Greece’s support in this direction.

Greece fully supports Montenegro’s European Union accession path and the expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries, leading to stability and progress in the greater region, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou told her visiting Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović during their meeting at the Presidential Palace.

President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović pictured with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Relations between the two countries have much room for expansion, particularly in sectors of joint interest – economy, start-up entrepreneurship, tourism, energy and investments – while the development of interconnectivity, transportation and related infrastructure can bring both peoples closer, President Sakellaropoulou said.

This meeting was followed by President Đukanović’s visit to the Maximos Mansion where he had an official meeting with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, which was held in a very positive atmosphere, reaffirmed Greece’s steadfast support for the Western Balkans’ European perspective. The two top officials discussed the prospects and possibilities for further enhancing bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on the economy, commerce, energy and tourism. Furthermore, Premier Mitsotakis spoke of Greece’s active support for Montenegro through the provision of knowhow to assist its accession to the European Union. Both officials were also said to have exchanged views on issues of regional and international interest.

with Parliament President Konstantinos Tassoulas, accompanied by Ambassador of Montenegro to Greece, Ana Vukadinović

 

This meeting was followed by a visit to the Greek Parliament where the Montenegrin President met with the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, Konstantinos Tassoulas.

A major highlight of this State Visit was a state dinner held in honour of the visiting Montenegrin President and his wife held at the Presidential Palace. This formal event was attended by the two Presidents, the Speaker of Parliament, the Deputy Prime Minister, Panayiotis Pikrammenos, Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiades Varvitsiotis, Special Advisor to the President of Montenegro and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Milan Roćen, the Ambassador of Montenegro to Greece, Mrs. Vukadinović and the Honorary Consul of Montenegro, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos.

At the Presidential State Dinner with President Sakellaropoulou and Honorary Consul of Montenegro, Dr. Vassilis G. Apostolopoulos

 

As part of his State Visit, the Montenegrin President also laid a wreath at the tomb of General Vass (Brajović) Mavrovouniotis, a hero of the Greek Revolution, in the First Cemetery, to which the President of the Republic made a special reference the previous day, stating that “it symbolises our common path and the deep mutual respect that connects us.”

This was followed by a visit to the City Hall of Athens where the President met with the Mayor, Kostas Bakogiannis.

Afterwards, President Đukanović gave an interview to the press in which he stressed that there is great scope for deepening cooperation between Greece and Montenegro, especially in the fields of economy and culture. Crystallising the atmosphere of his talks in Athens, he underlined that the long-standing, very deep-rooted friendship between the two peoples was confirmed and expressed his confidence that his visit will give impetus to the further strengthening of bilateral relations. Relations that, as he explained, are already very strong in foreign policy and defence, with significant space and prospects for the further development of economic cooperation in the near future.

President and Mrs. Lidija Đukanović with Dr. and Mrs. Roi Apostolopoulos

 

Finally, a special dinner in honour of the visiting President of Montenegro was given by the Honorary Consul of Montenegro, Dr. Vassilis G. Apostolopoulos. President Đukanović and his wife Lydia Koutz, were received by the Honorary Consul, Dr. Apostolopoulos accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Kalliroi-Danali Apostolopoulou.

The Honorary Consul, who supported the Embassy of Montenegro in the preparation of the State Visit of President Đukanović and his entourage, spoke warmly about Montenegro, a country that he loves, honours and respects deeply, stressing that he will always be supportive, through all means at his disposal, strengthening Montenegro’s prospect of accession to the European Union. He further thanked the President for his respect and trust as they exchanged gifts of special symbolism.

the official arrival ceremony of the Montenegrin Head of State at Athens Airport

At this private event present in addition to the delegation of President, were the Ambassador of Montenegro to Greece, Ana Vukadinović, the Secretary of the Embassy Katia Vukotić, the Vice President of the Consular Corps of Greece, Christos Vardikos, and the General Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE), Pavlos Efthimiou.

Dr. Apostolopoulos conveyed to President Đukanović the strong investment interest that exists in a number of sectors and industries, as well as the areas where significant synergies can be developed based on mutual benefit. Within this context, the possibility of organising a business mission to Montenegro in the near future was discussed, which was undertaken to be coordinated by the Honorary Consul himself in his capacity as President the ΕΕΝΕ.

 

(Photos: T.Bolari & S.Dimitropoulos/Eurokinissi & F.Kanellidou/Hellenic Parliament.)

Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

 

“Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, receives a warm welcome in Helsinki by his Finnish counterpart, Pekka Haavisto

 

Helsinki

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation in the fields of investment and the environment and developments in Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

“Greece is an important EU partner for Finland. I highly appreciate my colleague’s visit to Helsinki and the opportunity to exchange views on European and international questions,” stated Foreign Minister Haavisto.

Greece “upholds the fundamental principle of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all countries,” said Minister Dendias in statements after his meeting with Finnish counterpart. Furthermore, Greece “condemns the use of force or the threat of use of force against any country,” he noted, whilst underlining that the Greek Government “will stand by EU partners, adhering fully to the principles of European solidarity.” Minister Dendias further added that he had the opportunity “to focus on the situation in Eastern Europe and especially in Ukraine.”

“We consider Russia as part of the European Security Architecture,” noted Minister Dendias, as he highlighted the fact that he was due to travel to Moscow in two days’ time, following an invitation by his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

The Greek Minister also referred to Greek-Turkish relations, saying that “it is rather peculiar that Turkey, a NATO Member and ally, decided to launch a series of provocative and illegal actions against another ΝΑΤΟ Member State, Greece.”

“Recent statements by Turkish officials, which bring into question Greek sovereignty over the Aegean islands are totally unacceptable. They are not just unacceptable for us. They have been rejected by the EU, by the US State Department, by the British Foreign Office among others,” he stressed, yet noting that “we always seek a constructive dialogue with Turkey, but a dialogue based on International Law and International Law of the Sea.”

Minister Dendias also mentioned enhancing consultations and cooperation with Finland in the fields of economy and tourism.

the two Ministers give joint statements to the press

 

Oslo

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, also received a warm welcome in Oslo by his Norwegian counterpart, Anniken Huitfeldt

 

Minister Dendias focused on investments, shipping and green energy during his meeting with his Norwegian counterpart Anniken Huitfeldt, after being welcomed in Oslo on February 16th. Minister Dendias was accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis, whose presence “shows that our bilateral relations are very important to us,” he said.

Minister Dendias also briefed Minister Huitfeldt extensively about recent statements by Turkish officials against Greece and about Turkey’s violations in the Aegean Sea. “On a daily basis, Turkish officials have begun a barrage of illegal and provocative statements against us,” he told Minister Huitfeldt, stances that throw into question Turkey’s commitment to NATO’s fundamental values and principles.

“I am sorry to watch Turkey choose this exact moment – when there is a great need for NATO solidarity and a need to show to everyone we keep the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity… to use words that challenge Greece’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Minister Dendias said in statements during their meeting. Greece remains prepared to participate with Turkey in constructive dialog, he said, based on a single term – following the rules of International Right and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). “It cannot be a dialog without rules,” he underlined.

Among other issues the two Foreign Ministers discussed were the Ukraine crisis, with Minister Dendias informing his Norwegian counterpart on his upcoming visit to Moscow, where he will meet his counterpart Sergey Lavrov. He added that he planned to raise with him the issue of the Greek community in Mariupol (Mariopolis), for whose welfare Greece was “very concerned”.

Ties between Greece and Norway are based on shared values, the Greek Minister noted and both have a long-standing interest in shipping. In addition, as a green country, Norway could help Greece with its experience in green projects. “You are very friendly to the environment and so are we,” he noted. “The Government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is also a green Government and we would very much like to work with you to protect the sea,” he added.

The visiting Minister also thanked Minister Huitfeldt for sharing Norwegian experience and extensive knowledge in relations with Russia.

Minister Dendias pictured with Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of Norway’s Parliament, Ine Eriksen Soreide, and other Members of the Committee

 

During his Official Visit to Norway, Minister Dendias addressed the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo, on ‘Implementing the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean as a case study’.

Greece “actively promotes synergies and regional partnerships based on International Law and the International Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)”, Foreign Minister Dendias said in the lecture. He spoke of Greece’s alliances with countries in the Mediterranean region and Turkey’s refusal to adhere to UNCLOS and to recognise Greece’s right to extend its territorial waters, threatening Greece with war should it do so. “Challenging the implementation of UNCLOS in the Eastern Mediterranean seriously affects peace and security in our region,” he noted.

On his behalf, Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis held meetings with the leadership of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, with representatives of the Norwegian business world, as well as with Greek entrepreneurs operating in the country to discuss possibilities for enhancing bilateral trade and investment, as well as strengthening cooperation in the areas of research and innovation.

In particular, the Deputy Minister had a meeting with the CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, Harald Solberg and the Director of International Cooperation and Climate, Helene Tofte, and then he had an introduction meeting with Greek entrepreneurs and the President of the local Greek Community, Ioannis Aliferis. Finally, Mr. Fragogiannis met with Ms Elisabeth Grieg, Head of the Grieg Group, which operates in the field of shipping, energy with an emphasis on innovation and logistics.

The Deputy Minister also held meetings with representatives of the Norwegian Business Association, with Hakon Haugli, CEO of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government’s most important body for Extroversion and Innovation and with Hans Gude Gudesen, founder of Ocean Geoloop – a company that has developed an innovative carbon dioxide power system.

Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

 

The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council

 

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris.

On February 8th, the Minister of Foreign Affairs travelled to Rome, where he met with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley and had meetings with the Ambassadors of a number of African and Latin American countries to Italy, with concurrent accreditation to Greece.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, pictured in London with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris.

 

London

The meeting of the two Ministers in London was held in a very cordial climate and according to diplomatic sources, it was an extensive discussion on issues of international and bilateral interest. They discussed developments in the southeastern Mediterranean region, Greek-Turkish relations, the UK’s relations with the European Union in the post-Brexit era, the Western Balkans and the crisis in Ukraine, with Minister Dendias noting the importance of keeping communication channels open with Moscow.

The Greek Minister spoke of his recent visit to Mariupol and mentioned the need to protect Greek expatriates in Ukraine.

Minister Dendias returned to the British capital after his visit there in October, showing the importance that Athens attaches to the role that Britain can play in a number of issues of Greek interest.

The two Foreign Ministers focused on bilateral cooperation following the signing of the relevant ‘Memorandum of Understanding for the Strategic Bilateral Framework’ signed between Greece and the United Kingdom, which Minister Heaton-Harris is responsible for in the British Government. The MoU includes a wide range of issues including defence, trade, tourism and shipping.

“Evidently, among the topics of discussion with the Minister of State, Heaton-Harris, was the implementation of the Memorandum that we signed with Liz Truss (Foreign Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities) a few weeks ago: how we will be able to implement it and how we will be able to benefit the most from its implementation, both of us, the Greek side and the United Kingdom,” Minister Dendias noted.

Earlier, Minister Dendias met with the High Commissioners Ellison Edroy Greenslade of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Aziyan Abdullah of Brunei, both of whom have concurrent accreditation to Greece. In these meetings, the Greek Minister promoted Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2025-26.

with Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley in Rome.

Rome

During his visit to Rome, Minister Dendias had the opportunity to meet with Stephanie Williams, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya. They had an extensive discussion and conducted an in-depth analysis of the situation in Libya today.

He also visited the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, David Beasley, and handed him a cheque to be used for repairs in the port of Benghazi; a facility of vital interest to Greece that it is located less than 20 minutes flight from Crete.

He also had the opportunity to meet with 35 Ambassadors of African, South American and Asian countries, who have concurrent accreditation to Greece.

with United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams.

In particular, the Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the Ambassadors of the following countries: Angola, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Republic of Guinea, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Niger, Uganda, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Haiti, Bolivia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Paraguay, as well as the Ambassadors of Oman, Uzbekistan and Yemen, who have concurrent accreditation to Greece.

The Head of Greek Diplomacy outlined the longstanding Greek positions on national issues, but also asked for the vote of their countries – the ones that until today have not made a pledge – in Greece’s campaign to be elected to the United Nations Security Council for the 2025-2026 term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left and right: the Greek Head of Diplomacy with the Ambassadors to Italy, with accreditation to Greece of Yemen, Asmahan Abdulhameed Al- Toqi; and of Uzbekistan, Otabek Akbarov.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, meets with 35 Ambassadors of African, South American and Asian countries in Rome, who have concurrent accreditation to Greece, to outline the longstanding Greek positions on national issues, but also to ask for the vote of their countries – the ones that until today have not made a pledge – in Greece’s campaign to be elected to the United Nations Security Council for the 2025-2026 term.

In particular, he met from Africa with the Ambassadors of the countries: Angola, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Uganda and Senegal.

The agenda included the positions of Greece, alongside the strengthening of relations with African countries.

From South America, he met with the Ambassadors of Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Paraguay. During this meeting, the Foreign Minister expressed the desire to visit Latin America and the Caribbean in the near future and reaffirmed the common commitment to the International Law of the Sea.

During his meeting with the Ambassador of Uzbekistan, in addition to Greece’s candidacy, bilateral cooperation was discussed, with an emphasis on economic, trade and cultural relations, in view of the Ministers’ forthcoming visit to Tashkent.

Likewise, during his meeting with the Ambassador of Yemen, talks focused on developments in Yemen, issues of bilateral cooperation in light of the meeting between Minister Dendias and his Yemeni counterpart Ahmed bin Mubarak last November.

Greece and Nigeria deepen their cooperation; Foreign Minister in Abuja

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias pictured with his Nigerian counterpart, Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama

 

“We see the Mediterranean Sea as a linking bridge rather than a dividing border.”

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias paid the first visit of a Greek Foreign Minister to Nigeria, meeting with his counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama in the capital of Abuja on January 10th. Minister Dendias signed a MoU with Minister Onyeama, after discussions concentrating upon bilateral relations, the strengthening of Greek-Nigerian relations with a focus on investments, cooperation within the context of international organisations, regional and international developments based on respect for International Law, as well as challenges posed by the pandemic.

The Greek Head of Diplomacy, who was welcomed to the country by Opunimi Akinkugbe, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Greece, also met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and other government officials. The meetings also featured discussions on “strengthening relations with emphasis on investments, trade, tourism, transport and the security situation in sub-Saharan Africa”.

The two Ministers sign a Memorandum of Understanding, part of a long list of agreements which both Foreign Ministries are working to complete

 

The aforementioned talks are part of a broader plan to further develop Greek foreign policy on the African continent, focused, inter alia, on regional and international developments, a joint effort to tackle the pandemic, as well as on strengthening political and economic bilateral relations with emphasis on investment.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted Greece’s foreign policy priorities, which are based on adherence to International Law and good neighbourly relations. “We see the Mediterranean Sea as a linking bridge rather than a dividing border,” Minister Dendias said prior to meeting with Minister Onyeama, therefore Greece sees Nigeria as a neighbour, he added.

As Africa contains one the fastest-growing economies in the world and Nigeria is the largest one in the continent, Greece believes that as a Member of the European Union it can facilitate communication between Europe and Africa, the Greek Minister said.

The arrival ceremony at the Abuja international airport, accompanied by Nigerian Ambassador to Greece, Opunimi Akinkugbe

Alongside the MoU signed by the two Foreign Ministers, Minister Dendias noted that there is a long list of agreements which both Foreign Ministries are working to complete. Upon inviting his counterpart to visit Athens soon, he also thanked him for referring to the strong presence of the Greek business community in the African country for over 100 years. As both Ministers noted, “Greek names are familiar in Nigeria, meaning that this Greek business community did not come to Nigeria to make a profit and then leave, but became Greek and Nigerian together, serving both countries, both nations and our common future.” Minister Dendias expressed the hope that on his next visit he will be able to travel to Lagos and meet with the Greek business community, “for which we are very proud and this could become our linking bridge.”

He added that the two countries were linked also through “the best basketball player in the United States and the world currently, Giannis Antetokounmpo, familiar to the Greeks as Giannis.”

Minister Dendias with with Federal Minister for Health, Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora

 

 

Vaccine donation

In addition, the Greek Foreign Minister said that Greece is donating 907,000 doses of Covid vaccines to Nigeria through the World Health Organisation’s Covax mechanism for access to vaccines. The gift was announced during Minister Dendias’ meeting with the Federal Minister for Health, Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, and is part of Greece’s assistance to third countries to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister Dendias said that the vaccines should not be seen as a gesture or donation, but rather, serving a moral obligation, noting that “Unless the whole world is safe, nobody is safe.”

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Greece

 

 

“The Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece”

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, hosted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, in Athens on April 4th. The two Foreign Ministers held a private meeting, which was followed by expanded talks which focused on the situation in Ukraine following the Russian invasion and regional issues. In addition, talks also covered the rapidly growing bilateral relations in a wide range of areas, as well as cooperation between the two countries within the EU, NATO, the United Nations and other international organisations.

The visit of the Dutch Foreign Minister is part of the regular contacts between the two sides, following Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit to the Netherlands in 2019 and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte’s visit to Greece in 2021.

During the joint statements, Minister Dendias mentioned his recent visit to Odessa, Ukraine, a city that is closely linked with the history of Hellenism. The Greek Consulate General in Odessa is operating again and it is the only European Consulate operating there.

Minister Dendias met with the Greek Diaspora, with the Greeks who live there and delivered humanitarian aid, mainly medicines. As he said, there will be a follow-up to this effort, under the coordination of the Director General for Development and Humanitarian Aid of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexandros Diakopoulos, because the Greek Government has made the commitment to do everything possible for the Greek Diaspora in Ukraine.

Incidentally, Minister Hoekstra’s visit coincided with the anniversary of the signing of the Washington Treaty, the Founding Act of NATO, of which both countries are Members. For this reason, NATO flags had been hoisted next to the flags of the countries and next to the EU flags.

Apart from Ukraine, they had the opportunity to discuss developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, including Cyprus, the Middle East, Libya and the Western Balkans, the accession prospects, that is, the European perspective of which both support, with the well-known conditionality. They further discussed bilateral relations, which have been on the rise in recent years. The two heads of diplomacy examined prospects in the economic field and Minister Dendias expressed his appreciation for the fact that the Netherlands ranks first as regards foreign direct investment in Greece. The Netherlands is the largest foreign investor in Greece.

They both agreed on the importance of political consultations between their countries and the Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Lalakos will travel to The Hague to hold political consultations. They also discussed cooperation in international organisations, their mutual support for election to the UN Security Council, the migration-refugee issue and the participation of the Netherlands in FRONTEX. The Netherlands is participating in Operation POSEIDON and, hence, in the protection of the European Union’s external borders.

The Greek Minister expressed his deep appreciation to the Dutch academic community with its long tradition of classical studies departments in Dutch universities.

Finally, Minister Dendias noted that both countries have a lot in common. “We are small countries, we have a long history, we have a particularly important maritime tradition and we share our commitment to democracy, human rights, International Law. It is no coincidence that the father of International Law, Hugo de Groot, was Dutch and it is no coincidence that The Hague is where the headquarters of the International Court of Justice is located.”

 

Above from left: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, welcomes his Dutch counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, to Athens; the two heads of diplomacy give joint statements to the press at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Minister Hoekstra, accompanied by the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Greece, Susanna Terstal, meets with Alternate Foreign Minister responsible for European Affairs, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis.

 

(Photos: Y.Panagopoulos/Eurokinissi.)

Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Japan

 

 

“The common ground between the two countries is the focus on UNCLOS”

 

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, continuing Greek efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations with countries far from the Mediterranean, paid a visit to Japan on April 12th-13th. He held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Members of the Japan-Greece Parliamentary Friendship Group (of which former Foreign Minister Taro Kono is a Member) and also with the President and Members of the Board of Directors of the Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan).

Bilateral and Euro-Japanese relations, cooperation in international organisations and developments in Ukraine after the Russian invasion, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Indo-Pacific and the Western Balkans dominated the meeting of Foreign Minister Dendias with his Japanese counterpart.

Within the context of the close cooperation between Greece and Japan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ visit follows the First Round of Consultations of the Legal Services on the Law of the Sea (December 2021) and the Fourth Round of Political Consultations (March 2022) between the two countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Dendias described his visit as particularly successful in statements after the end of his meetings in Tokyo, adding that the common ground between the two countries is the focus on the International Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the tackling of revisionism.

“I had the opportunity to have an in-depth exchange of views with my Japanese counterpart, Yoshimasa Hayashi, following our contact in the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels.

“First of all, we discussed Ukraine. My colleague demonstrated a particular interest for the Greek Diaspora in Mariupol and Odessa. We analysed the wider implications of the Russian invasion. But we also had the opportunity to talk about the International Law of the Sea and the cooperation we have established, the cooperation between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs regarding the analysis of issues that fall within the International Law of the Sea, that is, UNCLOS. And beyond that, we discussed our bilateral relations and the possibility of their development in the near future,” the Greek Foreign Minister said.

Japan is a particularly interesting case he added, “it is an island country, a country that has signed UNCLOS, a country that belongs to the Group of Friends on UNCLOS. And something else, which perhaps escapes the attention of Greek society: Japan is a country that also signed the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923. So, in this sense, it is a country which, considering its large size is an essential interlocutor on the issues of the Law of the Sea, on issues of stability and in the effort to address revisionism, meaning adherence to the Treaties and the borders defined by these Treaties.

“This is our common ground when we both condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But this is also our common ground when we talk about global stability,” he added.

Finally, Minister Dendias said that he conveyed Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ invitation to the Japanese Prime Minister to visit Athens.

 

Above from left: Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias addresses members of the press with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Yoshimasa Hayashi; the two delegations in conference. Minister Dendias meets with Members of the Japan-Greece Parliamentary Friendship Group; and with the President and Members of the Board of Directors of the Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

State Visit of the President of Montenegro – enhancing bilateral cooperation

 

“Creating the foundations for a safer, better and more prosperous life for all our citizens.”

 

The first State Visit of the President of Montenegro to Athens, Milo Đukanović, took place on February 7th to February 9th, completing a series of top contacts and highly symbolic initiatives. This first State Visit of the Head of State of Montenegro to Greece since its independence in 2006 is a historically significant event for bilateral relations.

Upon arrival at the airport, the Montenegrin Head of State was received on behalf of the Greek State by the Deputy Prime Minister, Panagiotis Pikrammenos. The welcoming reception was attended, amongst others, by the Ambassador of Montenegro to Greece, Ana Vukadinović and the Honorary Consul of Montenegro in Thessaloniki, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos.

The President of Montenegro lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Constitution Square

On the following day the Montenegrin President began his programme by laying a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in the presence of the Alternate Foreign Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis. He then went to the Presidential Palace where he was granted an official arrival ceremony followed by a private meeting with the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Extended talks then took place with the participation of delegations of the two countries.

A common component of the discussions, as reflected in the statements of the Presidents, was that the bilateral cooperation between Greece and Montenegro is very good in all sectors. However, significant margins for strengthening it were identified, as well as a strong will in this direction. Greece and Montenegro are allies within the context of their membership in NATO and the joint statements by the two Heads of State emphasised Montenegro’s European orientation and the effort to join the European Union, as well as Greece’s support in this direction.

Greece fully supports Montenegro’s European Union accession path and the expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries, leading to stability and progress in the greater region, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou told her visiting Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović during their meeting at the Presidential Palace.

President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović pictured with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Relations between the two countries have much room for expansion, particularly in sectors of joint interest – economy, start-up entrepreneurship, tourism, energy and investments – while the development of interconnectivity, transportation and related infrastructure can bring both peoples closer, President Sakellaropoulou said.

This meeting was followed by President Đukanović’s visit to the Maximos Mansion where he had an official meeting with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, which was held in a very positive atmosphere, reaffirmed Greece’s steadfast support for the Western Balkans’ European perspective. The two top officials discussed the prospects and possibilities for further enhancing bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on the economy, commerce, energy and tourism. Furthermore, Premier Mitsotakis spoke of Greece’s active support for Montenegro through the provision of knowhow to assist its accession to the European Union. Both officials were also said to have exchanged views on issues of regional and international interest.

with Parliament President Konstantinos Tassoulas, accompanied by Ambassador of Montenegro to Greece, Ana Vukadinović

 

This meeting was followed by a visit to the Greek Parliament where the Montenegrin President met with the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, Konstantinos Tassoulas.

A major highlight of this State Visit was a state dinner held in honour of the visiting Montenegrin President and his wife held at the Presidential Palace. This formal event was attended by the two Presidents, the Speaker of Parliament, the Deputy Prime Minister, Panayiotis Pikrammenos, Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiades Varvitsiotis, Special Advisor to the President of Montenegro and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Milan Roćen, the Ambassador of Montenegro to Greece, Mrs. Vukadinović and the Honorary Consul of Montenegro, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos.

At the Presidential State Dinner with President Sakellaropoulou and Honorary Consul of Montenegro, Dr. Vassilis G. Apostolopoulos

 

As part of his State Visit, the Montenegrin President also laid a wreath at the tomb of General Vass (Brajović) Mavrovouniotis, a hero of the Greek Revolution, in the First Cemetery, to which the President of the Republic made a special reference the previous day, stating that “it symbolises our common path and the deep mutual respect that connects us.”

This was followed by a visit to the City Hall of Athens where the President met with the Mayor, Kostas Bakogiannis.

Afterwards, President Đukanović gave an interview to the press in which he stressed that there is great scope for deepening cooperation between Greece and Montenegro, especially in the fields of economy and culture. Crystallising the atmosphere of his talks in Athens, he underlined that the long-standing, very deep-rooted friendship between the two peoples was confirmed and expressed his confidence that his visit will give impetus to the further strengthening of bilateral relations. Relations that, as he explained, are already very strong in foreign policy and defence, with significant space and prospects for the further development of economic cooperation in the near future.

President and Mrs. Lidija Đukanović with Dr. and Mrs. Roi Apostolopoulos

 

Finally, a special dinner in honour of the visiting President of Montenegro was given by the Honorary Consul of Montenegro, Dr. Vassilis G. Apostolopoulos. President Đukanović and his wife Lydia Koutz, were received by the Honorary Consul, Dr. Apostolopoulos accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Kalliroi-Danali Apostolopoulou.

The Honorary Consul, who supported the Embassy of Montenegro in the preparation of the State Visit of President Đukanović and his entourage, spoke warmly about Montenegro, a country that he loves, honours and respects deeply, stressing that he will always be supportive, through all means at his disposal, strengthening Montenegro’s prospect of accession to the European Union. He further thanked the President for his respect and trust as they exchanged gifts of special symbolism.

the official arrival ceremony of the Montenegrin Head of State at Athens Airport

At this private event present in addition to the delegation of President, were the Ambassador of Montenegro to Greece, Ana Vukadinović, the Secretary of the Embassy Katia Vukotić, the Vice President of the Consular Corps of Greece, Christos Vardikos, and the General Director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE), Pavlos Efthimiou.

Dr. Apostolopoulos conveyed to President Đukanović the strong investment interest that exists in a number of sectors and industries, as well as the areas where significant synergies can be developed based on mutual benefit. Within this context, the possibility of organising a business mission to Montenegro in the near future was discussed, which was undertaken to be coordinated by the Honorary Consul himself in his capacity as President the ΕΕΝΕ.

 

(Photos: T.Bolari & S.Dimitropoulos/Eurokinissi & F.Kanellidou/Hellenic Parliament.)

Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Finland and Norway

 

“Our bilateral relations are very important to us.”

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, receives a warm welcome in Helsinki by his Finnish counterpart, Pekka Haavisto

 

Helsinki

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Helsinki on February 15th to a warm welcome from Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto. The two Ministers discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation within EU and international organisations, cooperation in the fields of investment and the environment and developments in Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

“Greece is an important EU partner for Finland. I highly appreciate my colleague’s visit to Helsinki and the opportunity to exchange views on European and international questions,” stated Foreign Minister Haavisto.

Greece “upholds the fundamental principle of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all countries,” said Minister Dendias in statements after his meeting with Finnish counterpart. Furthermore, Greece “condemns the use of force or the threat of use of force against any country,” he noted, whilst underlining that the Greek Government “will stand by EU partners, adhering fully to the principles of European solidarity.” Minister Dendias further added that he had the opportunity “to focus on the situation in Eastern Europe and especially in Ukraine.”

“We consider Russia as part of the European Security Architecture,” noted Minister Dendias, as he highlighted the fact that he was due to travel to Moscow in two days’ time, following an invitation by his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

The Greek Minister also referred to Greek-Turkish relations, saying that “it is rather peculiar that Turkey, a NATO Member and ally, decided to launch a series of provocative and illegal actions against another ΝΑΤΟ Member State, Greece.”

“Recent statements by Turkish officials, which bring into question Greek sovereignty over the Aegean islands are totally unacceptable. They are not just unacceptable for us. They have been rejected by the EU, by the US State Department, by the British Foreign Office among others,” he stressed, yet noting that “we always seek a constructive dialogue with Turkey, but a dialogue based on International Law and International Law of the Sea.”

Minister Dendias also mentioned enhancing consultations and cooperation with Finland in the fields of economy and tourism.

the two Ministers give joint statements to the press

 

Oslo

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, also received a warm welcome in Oslo by his Norwegian counterpart, Anniken Huitfeldt

 

Minister Dendias focused on investments, shipping and green energy during his meeting with his Norwegian counterpart Anniken Huitfeldt, after being welcomed in Oslo on February 16th. Minister Dendias was accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis, whose presence “shows that our bilateral relations are very important to us,” he said.

Minister Dendias also briefed Minister Huitfeldt extensively about recent statements by Turkish officials against Greece and about Turkey’s violations in the Aegean Sea. “On a daily basis, Turkish officials have begun a barrage of illegal and provocative statements against us,” he told Minister Huitfeldt, stances that throw into question Turkey’s commitment to NATO’s fundamental values and principles.

“I am sorry to watch Turkey choose this exact moment – when there is a great need for NATO solidarity and a need to show to everyone we keep the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity… to use words that challenge Greece’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Minister Dendias said in statements during their meeting. Greece remains prepared to participate with Turkey in constructive dialog, he said, based on a single term – following the rules of International Right and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). “It cannot be a dialog without rules,” he underlined.

Among other issues the two Foreign Ministers discussed were the Ukraine crisis, with Minister Dendias informing his Norwegian counterpart on his upcoming visit to Moscow, where he will meet his counterpart Sergey Lavrov. He added that he planned to raise with him the issue of the Greek community in Mariupol (Mariopolis), for whose welfare Greece was “very concerned”.

Ties between Greece and Norway are based on shared values, the Greek Minister noted and both have a long-standing interest in shipping. In addition, as a green country, Norway could help Greece with its experience in green projects. “You are very friendly to the environment and so are we,” he noted. “The Government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is also a green Government and we would very much like to work with you to protect the sea,” he added.

The visiting Minister also thanked Minister Huitfeldt for sharing Norwegian experience and extensive knowledge in relations with Russia.

Minister Dendias pictured with Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of Norway’s Parliament, Ine Eriksen Soreide, and other Members of the Committee

 

During his Official Visit to Norway, Minister Dendias addressed the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo, on ‘Implementing the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean as a case study’.

Greece “actively promotes synergies and regional partnerships based on International Law and the International Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)”, Foreign Minister Dendias said in the lecture. He spoke of Greece’s alliances with countries in the Mediterranean region and Turkey’s refusal to adhere to UNCLOS and to recognise Greece’s right to extend its territorial waters, threatening Greece with war should it do so. “Challenging the implementation of UNCLOS in the Eastern Mediterranean seriously affects peace and security in our region,” he noted.

On his behalf, Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis held meetings with the leadership of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, with representatives of the Norwegian business world, as well as with Greek entrepreneurs operating in the country to discuss possibilities for enhancing bilateral trade and investment, as well as strengthening cooperation in the areas of research and innovation.

In particular, the Deputy Minister had a meeting with the CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, Harald Solberg and the Director of International Cooperation and Climate, Helene Tofte, and then he had an introduction meeting with Greek entrepreneurs and the President of the local Greek Community, Ioannis Aliferis. Finally, Mr. Fragogiannis met with Ms Elisabeth Grieg, Head of the Grieg Group, which operates in the field of shipping, energy with an emphasis on innovation and logistics.

The Deputy Minister also held meetings with representatives of the Norwegian Business Association, with Hakon Haugli, CEO of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government’s most important body for Extroversion and Innovation and with Hans Gude Gudesen, founder of Ocean Geoloop – a company that has developed an innovative carbon dioxide power system.

Minister of Foreign Affairs visits London and Rome

 

The promotion of Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council

 

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, travelled on February 7th to London where he had talks with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris.

On February 8th, the Minister of Foreign Affairs travelled to Rome, where he met with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley and had meetings with the Ambassadors of a number of African and Latin American countries to Italy, with concurrent accreditation to Greece.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, pictured in London with British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Heaton-Harris.

 

London

The meeting of the two Ministers in London was held in a very cordial climate and according to diplomatic sources, it was an extensive discussion on issues of international and bilateral interest. They discussed developments in the southeastern Mediterranean region, Greek-Turkish relations, the UK’s relations with the European Union in the post-Brexit era, the Western Balkans and the crisis in Ukraine, with Minister Dendias noting the importance of keeping communication channels open with Moscow.

The Greek Minister spoke of his recent visit to Mariupol and mentioned the need to protect Greek expatriates in Ukraine.

Minister Dendias returned to the British capital after his visit there in October, showing the importance that Athens attaches to the role that Britain can play in a number of issues of Greek interest.

The two Foreign Ministers focused on bilateral cooperation following the signing of the relevant ‘Memorandum of Understanding for the Strategic Bilateral Framework’ signed between Greece and the United Kingdom, which Minister Heaton-Harris is responsible for in the British Government. The MoU includes a wide range of issues including defence, trade, tourism and shipping.

“Evidently, among the topics of discussion with the Minister of State, Heaton-Harris, was the implementation of the Memorandum that we signed with Liz Truss (Foreign Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities) a few weeks ago: how we will be able to implement it and how we will be able to benefit the most from its implementation, both of us, the Greek side and the United Kingdom,” Minister Dendias noted.

Earlier, Minister Dendias met with the High Commissioners Ellison Edroy Greenslade of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Aziyan Abdullah of Brunei, both of whom have concurrent accreditation to Greece. In these meetings, the Greek Minister promoted Greece’s candidacy for election as a non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2025-26.

with Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley in Rome.

Rome

During his visit to Rome, Minister Dendias had the opportunity to meet with Stephanie Williams, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya. They had an extensive discussion and conducted an in-depth analysis of the situation in Libya today.

He also visited the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, David Beasley, and handed him a cheque to be used for repairs in the port of Benghazi; a facility of vital interest to Greece that it is located less than 20 minutes flight from Crete.

He also had the opportunity to meet with 35 Ambassadors of African, South American and Asian countries, who have concurrent accreditation to Greece.

with United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams.

In particular, the Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the Ambassadors of the following countries: Angola, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Republic of Guinea, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Niger, Uganda, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Haiti, Bolivia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Paraguay, as well as the Ambassadors of Oman, Uzbekistan and Yemen, who have concurrent accreditation to Greece.

The Head of Greek Diplomacy outlined the longstanding Greek positions on national issues, but also asked for the vote of their countries – the ones that until today have not made a pledge – in Greece’s campaign to be elected to the United Nations Security Council for the 2025-2026 term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left and right: the Greek Head of Diplomacy with the Ambassadors to Italy, with accreditation to Greece of Yemen, Asmahan Abdulhameed Al- Toqi; and of Uzbekistan, Otabek Akbarov.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, meets with 35 Ambassadors of African, South American and Asian countries in Rome, who have concurrent accreditation to Greece, to outline the longstanding Greek positions on national issues, but also to ask for the vote of their countries – the ones that until today have not made a pledge – in Greece’s campaign to be elected to the United Nations Security Council for the 2025-2026 term.

In particular, he met from Africa with the Ambassadors of the countries: Angola, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Uganda and Senegal.

The agenda included the positions of Greece, alongside the strengthening of relations with African countries.

From South America, he met with the Ambassadors of Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Paraguay. During this meeting, the Foreign Minister expressed the desire to visit Latin America and the Caribbean in the near future and reaffirmed the common commitment to the International Law of the Sea.

During his meeting with the Ambassador of Uzbekistan, in addition to Greece’s candidacy, bilateral cooperation was discussed, with an emphasis on economic, trade and cultural relations, in view of the Ministers’ forthcoming visit to Tashkent.

Likewise, during his meeting with the Ambassador of Yemen, talks focused on developments in Yemen, issues of bilateral cooperation in light of the meeting between Minister Dendias and his Yemeni counterpart Ahmed bin Mubarak last November.

Greece and Nigeria deepen their cooperation; Foreign Minister in Abuja

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias pictured with his Nigerian counterpart, Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama

 

“We see the Mediterranean Sea as a linking bridge rather than a dividing border.”

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias paid the first visit of a Greek Foreign Minister to Nigeria, meeting with his counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama in the capital of Abuja on January 10th. Minister Dendias signed a MoU with Minister Onyeama, after discussions concentrating upon bilateral relations, the strengthening of Greek-Nigerian relations with a focus on investments, cooperation within the context of international organisations, regional and international developments based on respect for International Law, as well as challenges posed by the pandemic.

The Greek Head of Diplomacy, who was welcomed to the country by Opunimi Akinkugbe, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Greece, also met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and other government officials. The meetings also featured discussions on “strengthening relations with emphasis on investments, trade, tourism, transport and the security situation in sub-Saharan Africa”.

The two Ministers sign a Memorandum of Understanding, part of a long list of agreements which both Foreign Ministries are working to complete

 

The aforementioned talks are part of a broader plan to further develop Greek foreign policy on the African continent, focused, inter alia, on regional and international developments, a joint effort to tackle the pandemic, as well as on strengthening political and economic bilateral relations with emphasis on investment.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted Greece’s foreign policy priorities, which are based on adherence to International Law and good neighbourly relations. “We see the Mediterranean Sea as a linking bridge rather than a dividing border,” Minister Dendias said prior to meeting with Minister Onyeama, therefore Greece sees Nigeria as a neighbour, he added.

As Africa contains one the fastest-growing economies in the world and Nigeria is the largest one in the continent, Greece believes that as a Member of the European Union it can facilitate communication between Europe and Africa, the Greek Minister said.

The arrival ceremony at the Abuja international airport, accompanied by Nigerian Ambassador to Greece, Opunimi Akinkugbe

Alongside the MoU signed by the two Foreign Ministers, Minister Dendias noted that there is a long list of agreements which both Foreign Ministries are working to complete. Upon inviting his counterpart to visit Athens soon, he also thanked him for referring to the strong presence of the Greek business community in the African country for over 100 years. As both Ministers noted, “Greek names are familiar in Nigeria, meaning that this Greek business community did not come to Nigeria to make a profit and then leave, but became Greek and Nigerian together, serving both countries, both nations and our common future.” Minister Dendias expressed the hope that on his next visit he will be able to travel to Lagos and meet with the Greek business community, “for which we are very proud and this could become our linking bridge.”

He added that the two countries were linked also through “the best basketball player in the United States and the world currently, Giannis Antetokounmpo, familiar to the Greeks as Giannis.”

Minister Dendias with with Federal Minister for Health, Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora

 

 

Vaccine donation

In addition, the Greek Foreign Minister said that Greece is donating 907,000 doses of Covid vaccines to Nigeria through the World Health Organisation’s Covax mechanism for access to vaccines. The gift was announced during Minister Dendias’ meeting with the Federal Minister for Health, Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, and is part of Greece’s assistance to third countries to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister Dendias said that the vaccines should not be seen as a gesture or donation, but rather, serving a moral obligation, noting that “Unless the whole world is safe, nobody is safe.”

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