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Highlights of the Month - December 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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President of the Hellenic Republic on State Visit to Slovakia

    “Cherishing our shared values and friendship.”   President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou confirmed the excellent relations between Greece and Slovakia in a meeting with her Slovakian counterpart Zuzana Čaputová, during a State Visit to Bratislava on March 13th-15th. After a reception ceremony, the two Heads of …

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Visit of the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology

    Building on the mutually beneficial synergies   Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met at the Maximos Palace on March 8th, with the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. During the meeting, the strengthening of the strategic relationship between Greece and …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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President of the Hellenic Republic on State Visit to Slovakia

    “Cherishing our shared values and friendship.”   President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou confirmed the excellent relations between Greece and Slovakia in a meeting with her Slovakian counterpart Zuzana Čaputová, during a State Visit to Bratislava on March 13th-15th. After a reception ceremony, the two Heads of …

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Visit of the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology

    Building on the mutually beneficial synergies   Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met at the Maximos Palace on March 8th, with the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. During the meeting, the strengthening of the strategic relationship between Greece and …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

 

 

Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece

 

With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, sealed the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece.

In statements, Premier Mitsotakis referred to Greece’s significant progress as regards growth and said the meeting will be an opportunity to discuss regional developments, particularly what is happening in the Middle East.

The Emir of Qatar, who was paying his first Official Visit to Greece, highlighted the opportunity offered by his visit to strengthen bilateral relations, especially with respect to the economy and investments, while welcoming the opportunity to discuss regional issues and especially what is happening in Gaza.

During the meetings and in talks between the delegations of the two sides, the mutual desire to strengthen relations between Greece and Qatar was confirmed and sealed with the signature of two agreements: one for military cooperation between the Defence Ministries of Greece and Qatar and a Memorandum of Cooperation for political deliberations on issues of mutual interest between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.

There was also a discussion on enhancing cooperation in a series of sectors, such as the economy, investments, energy and culture.

The Prime Minister analysed a broad spectrum of investment opportunities offered by Greece due to its geostrategic position and its connections with the markets of the Balkans, Southeast Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, as well as its initiatives to build new infrastructure, such as the FSRU of Alexandroupolis.

On regional developments, he repeated the necessity of an immediate ceasefire and the release of hostages, underlining his increasing concern over the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza. He also expressed his appreciation of Qatar’s role in the Gulf region and especially for the crisis in Gaza, saying that the good relations between Qatar and Greece help preserve stability in the region.

Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis, Defence Minister Nikos Dendias, Energy Minister Theodoros Skylakakis, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni, Shipping Minister Christos Stylianides and Deputy Foreign Minister for Openness Kostas Fragogiannis, the head of the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Office Anna-Maria-Eleni Boura, the Greek Ambassador to Qatar Ioannis Ioannidis and other officials participated in the talks.

On behalf of Qatar, the Chief of the Amiri Diwan Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Minister of Transport Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi, Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Thani, Minister of Culture Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Thani and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi were in attendance.

His Highness the Amir of Qatar also met with the Greek Head of State, President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, in which she noted that the two countries “play an important and stabilising role in our wider region. At this difficult juncture for the Middle East, my country highly appreciates Qatar’s mediation role in the armed conflict in the Gaza Strip and the enormous humanitarian crisis that has been created there.

“Greece will continue to try to contribute to the achievement of an immediate and sustainable ceasefire. Within this context, our collective efforts must be intensified to achieve a cessation of hostilities, the release of hostages and the assurance of an unhindered flow of humanitarian aid.”

On his part, the Emir reiterated Qatar’s stance: “We are in favour of the two-state solution and for the two countries, the two peoples, to live in peace in the region. We are working with our friends the Greeks to send humanitarian aid, and we are also working to free the people who are being held there. This is a human issue that we are working on and all the people who are there should go back to their families, to their parents.”

With regard to bilateral relations, President Sakellaropoulou expressed the belief that there are “significant opportunities and possibilities to achieve mutually beneficial cooperation in many areas. To this end, I am sure that your visit to Athens sends an important message, it is an important leap in our bilateral relations.”

After expressing his gratitude and joy to be in Athens on his first visit, the Emir noted that is has been “about 50 years since diplomatic relations between the two countries began,” and that there are “indeed many opportunities and possibilities to strengthen these relations”.

Pictured above: His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, pictured with – President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou; accompanied by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis witnessing the signing of two bilateral agreements by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi and Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis; and with Defence Minister Nikos Dendias; the two delegations in conference.

(Photographs by Th.Manolopoulos/Office of the President & T.Bolari/Eurokinissi.)

Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

 

 

Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines

 

Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context of his visit to Athens, Minister Manalo also met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Defence Minister Nikos Dendias (below).

The strong bilateral ties, people-to-people exchanges, trade and investment, labour and maritime cooperation and the strong support for common positions on many issues, particularly upholding rules-based global order and International Law, including UNCLOS, were discussed.

After extended talks, Minister Gerapetritis said that it was the first visit of a Filipino Foreign Minister to Greece since the start of diplomatic relations 74 years ago. Citing one of the shared values of the two countries, he noted, “we support an international order based on principles and rules – the respect of International Law, particularly the undivided support of the International Law of the Sea, the peaceful resolution of differences, the prosperity of peoples.”

He also spoke of the great room for improvement in bilateral relations and in the decision to activate the political consultation process between the two Foreign Ministries. “Additionally maritime tradition unites the two countries. The sea and shipping are integral to the identity of the Greeks, due to our geographical location and physiography, as well as our extensive coastline of more than 20,000 kilometres with hundreds of islands and islets, as is the case with the friendly country of the Philippines”, the Greek Minister said, noting that “50 Greek shipping companies are active in Manila, while 53,000 Filipino nationals and seamen offer their technical know-how on Greek-owned ships because of their high maritime skills.”

The Greek Head of Diplomacy added that Greece places great importance on maritime security and the safety of seagoing crews and he thanked the Philippines for supporting Greece’s election as a non-permanent Member of the UN Security Council. Greece itself supports EU-Philippines relations and their promotion, “while we hope for a positive outcome in negotiations for a free exchange agreement between the two countries.” In addition, “Greece also looks forward to the deepening of EU-ASEAN relations and can serve as an economic and trade gate of ASEAN countries in the EU,” he said.

Minister Manalo said his discussion with Minister Gerapetritis was very productive, whilst expressing the confidence that the meeting will serve as a starting point for several programmes and projects to start immediately, referring to the protection of the environment, tourism, managing maritime pollution, climate change and seafaring crews’ protection. The consultations they both decided on will provide a foundation for the promotion of partnerships in specific projects, Minister Manalo added.

“We also place great importance on maritime cooperation, given the significant contribution of our maritime sectors to our economies. Greece has the world’s largest shipping fleet, while the Philippines deploys a quarter of the world’s seafarers,” he said. He further noted that the Philippines recognises the importance of maintaining ocean health and sustainability, which requires responsible ocean governance anchored on the twin pillars of International Law, in particular the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and international cooperation. “Rules must remain in place and States must faithfully implement them,” he stressed.

The Filipino Head of Diplomacy also gave a speech at the leading think-tank ELIAMEP and shared views on maritime issues and maritime law, the SCS/WPS, as well as the commitment to a Rules Based International Order and UNCLOS.

Prime Minister pays Official Visit to Canada – joins in the Greek Independence Day celebrations

 

Δεύτερη ημέρα της επίσκεψης του Πρωθυπουργού Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη στον Καναδά, Δευτέρα 25 Μαρτίου 2024.
(ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΠΑΠΑΜΗΤΣΟΣ/ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ/EUROKINISSI)

 

Canada and Greece renew their commitment to expanding collaboration

 

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid an Official Visit to Montreal and Toronto on March 24th-25th, meeting with his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, in Montreal and attended the signing of an agreement for Greece’s purchase of seven new state-of-the art firefighting aircraft (DHC-515).

During their meeting, the two leaders discussed Greek opportunities for foreign investors and the significant presence of Greek businesses in Canada, as well as the opportunities in tourism between the two countries.

They discussed climate change challenges and placed special emphasis on coordination, preparedness and training for managing fires, while Premier Mitsotakis also mentioned Greece’s initiatives in renewable energy sources and the differentiation of energy supply networks, guaranteeing energy security in Southeastern Europe through connectivity.

The two leaders also referred especially to the Greek Community in Canada, with the Greek Prime Minister referring to the importance of Greeks being able to vote from abroad and to the government’s strategy for Greeks abroad. Their meeting was followed by expanded talks between delegations, before the signing of the agreement for the firefighting aircraft.

In a joint statement, the two Premiers spoke of the continuing friendship between Greece and Canada that are reflected in close strategic, economic and cultural ties between the two countries and renewed their commitment to expanding their collaboration.

 

“Canada and Greece hold a shared commitment to building a better future. Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ visit will deepen our friendship as we create good jobs, grow trade, tackle climate change, and protect democracy. On this Greek Independence Day, we look forward to advancing this relationship – and making life better for all those who call our countries home.”

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

 

Joint statement by Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Mitsotakis

We, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, met today in Montreal to celebrate Greek Independence Day. Canada is honoured to host Greece on this occasion, reaffirming the enduring friendship between our countries, as reflected in the strength and extent of our close strategic, economic and cultural ties.

Canada and Greece have a rich history rooted in our shared values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We believe in working together to address the world’s greatest challenges. Together, we stand shoulder to shoulder to advance international peace, security, development and the promotion of human rights. Canada welcomes Greece’s recent legalisation of same-sex marriages. Canada and Greece affirm their commitment to supporting LGBTQ rights at home and around the world. We are also committed to deepening our collaboration on Women, Peace and Security initiatives.

As NATO Allies, and transatlantic partners, we reaffirm our commitment to collective security and defence and we stand united in our pledge to promote peace, stability and prosperity around the world, including in Ukraine and the Middle East. Climate change is impacting security dynamics around the world and we will work together as partners to address these challenges through the NATO Climate Change and Security Centre of Excellence in Montreal, Canada.

We support helping countries become more resilient to global challenges, including those facing the shared crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

 

Επίσκεψη του Πρωθυπουργού Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη στον Καναδά, Κυριακή 24 Μαρτίου 2024.
(ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΠΑΠΑΜΗΤΣΟΣ/ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ/EUROKINISSI)

 

We have agreed to work together to find ways to deepen our partnership, with a focus on emergency management and preparedness and adapting to the impacts of climate change in the face of increasingly frequent natural disasters, including droughts, floods and wildfires. In this context, we were pleased to witness the signing by Greece and the Canadian Commercial Corporation for Greece to purchase and acquire seven state-of-the-art DHC-515 firefighting aircraft. These aircraft will help fight devastating forest fires that are increasingly ravaging areas of Southern Europe.

This is a sign of the dynamic trade and economic partnership that Canada and Greece enjoy. The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has created significant opportunity for both Greek and Canadian businesses and workers. Since its provisional application in 2017, trade between Canada and Greece has grown by 80%.

Moreover, investors, in industries like health, renewable energy, infrastructure and mineral resources, have injected billions of dollars into our respective economies.

 

“I can’t imagine a better place to spend Hellenic Independence Day than to be with you here in Montreal, to celebrate these diverse facets, the vigour and dynamism of the Greek Canadian community… what I will remember most about this day is the image of the little kids who sang both the Canadian and Greek national anthems with equal pride, with equal energy, with equal enthusiasm.”

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece

 

The potential for further growth in trade and investment between our countries remains strong, including in sectors such as aerospace, defence and security, professional training and tourism. This will create more jobs in Canada and Greece and create more opportunity for our workers.

Tourism is a key driver of economic growth, job creation and cultural exchange for both Canada and Greece. We look forward to strengthening our engagement and collaboration in this area, including exploring a Memorandum of Understanding in tourism promotion that looks at sharing data on how to best increase tourist flows between Canada and Greece and collaborating on best practices to deal with the impact of natural disasters and climate change on the tourism sector.

We both take pride in the strong bonds and close cultural ties between our two countries. With nearly 300,000 Canadians of Greek origin and with many Canadians living, working and studying in Greece, our relationship is tied together by our people. That is why Canada is investing in a brand-new Laval Community Complex alongside the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal.

The complex will be a space for the public, including the Greek community, to celebrate culture, tradition and heritage. It will include a theatre, sports complex, library, offices and other spaces to bring the community together and host commemorative events. With funding through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Programme, it will be a modern and environmentally friendly community centre.

Finally, we reaffirm our support for close collaboration between our science research communities. Canada and the European Union recently concluded substantive negotiations toward Canada’s association in the EU’s flagship research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe.

We look forward to working with Greece, through this programme, to explore new opportunities to work together on projects and initiatives in emerging technologies such as AI.

Canada and Greece have a shared commitment to building a better future. We both believe in creating good jobs, taking climate action and standing up for democracy. Our shared values are deepened by the vibrant communities, families and businesses across our borders. Our people make our economies stronger, our countries more prosperous and our friendship resolute. Together, Canada and Greece will advance our work to make life better for all those who call our countries home.

Επίσκεψη του Πρωθυπουργού Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη στον Καναδά, Κυριακή 24 Μαρτίου 2024.
(ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΠΑΠΑΜΗΤΣΟΣ/ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ/EUROKINISSI)

Premier Mitsotakis attended the March 25th parade of Greek Community associations of Greater Montreal, joined by his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.

Following the parade in Montreal, Premier Mitsotakis said that he felt honoured to attend the event, adding that “the heart of Hellenism beats very strongly here in Canada and the message of March 25th reverberates lively and timely throughout the world and in Canada as well.”

His presence in Canada had an additional significance, he said, as it is the first time the decades-long dream of Greeks abroad to vote by mail from their permanent country of residence becomes reality. The Greek Prime Minister also thanked Prime Minister Trudeau personally for the opportunity to attend “this glorious parade, on this very important day.”

Premier Trudeau, on his part, said that Greek Canadians form “an incredibly dynamic community” that has contributed greatly to Canada, while Greek Canadians also remain very proud of their Greek heritage, and “it is wonderful to be with you today.”

Earlier, the two leaders attended a celebratory liturgy for Greek Independence Day at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.

The Premiers also paid visits to stores owned by Greek Canadians and chatted with them and with customers.

During his stay in Toronto, the Premier Mitsotakis addressed a Greeks abroad event at the Toronto Convention Centre, in the presence of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

 

(Photos: D.Papamitsos/Office to the Prime Minister.)

The Slovenian President’s State Visit reflects the high level of Greek-Slovenian relations

 

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou rolls out the red carpet to welcome the visiting President of Slovenia, Nataša Pirc Musar.

 

President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou welcomed President of Slovenia Nataša Pirc Musar at the Presidential Mansion on the occasion of the State Visit of the Slovenian President to Greece on April 8th-10th. The visit reflects the high level of Greek-Slovenian relations and the ties of friendship that lie in the deep past, President Sakellaropoulou said at an official lunch in honour of her visiting counterpart.

On this occasion, the Greek Head of State conferred upon her Slovenian counterpart the Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer, the highest distinction awarded to Heads of State for their contribution toward strengthening bilateral relations.

The Greek President said that during her State Visit to Slovenia three years ago, she had visited the town of Koper, the town of origin of Greece’s first governor, Ioannis Kapodistrias, “one of the most significant politicians that Greece has known, who has left an indelible mark on Greek and European history.”

The two countries’ relationship remains stable and is enforced through membership in the European Union and NATO, among others, while both countries remain committed to international law and good neighbourhood relations, despite worsening conflicts. “We unequivocally condemn every form of revisionism and every attempt for a violent overturning of recognised borders,” the Greek President said. “We recognise the right of countries to self-defence, but at all times with respect to international humanitarian law, and we support every effort aimed at protecting civilians and restoring peace.”

President Pirc Musar noted that the visit coincided with Slovenia’s celebration of the 20th Anniversary of its accession to NATO and the European Union. Slovenia, along with 10 other countries, signed the Accession Treaty in Athens, Greece, 21 years ago. The upcoming European elections are of great importance this year, given the complex interplay between numerous international issues and the national elections scheduled for 2024. The President stressed the importance of electing competent and forward-thinking representatives to European Parliament, recognising that preserving the international legal order and tackling the challenges of climate change are the central battles of our generation.

“We are already facing the devastating effects of climate change, as evidenced by the severe floods that hit both countries last year, causing billions of euros in damage. In the face of these challenges, a joint effort to tackle climate change is essential, building solidarity not only between nations, but also between generations. Both Greece and Slovenia are firmly committed to this effort,” she said.

In addition, respect for the international legal order is of paramount importance in safeguarding global peace, human rights and justice. The two Presidents called for close cooperation in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), in particular on issues such as promoting peace and justice in Gaza and Ukraine, protecting children and women in armed conflicts, pursuing climate and water diplomacy and addressing the Cyprus issue.

Particular attention was paid to the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza. As a member of the UN Security Council, Slovenia played a crucial role in co-authoring a resolution with the other nine non-permanent members, highlighting the following commitments: hostilities in Gaza must stop. Humanitarian aid and protection must be provided to civilians. International humanitarian law must be respected. As President Pirc Musar stressed, Slovenia would continue to work for the recognition of Palestine and to promote peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Slovenia is also actively involved in promoting a just and lasting peace in Ukraine. It participates in various European aid programmes aimed at supporting the embattled Ukraine and calls for respect for the UN Charter and international law and order.

 

President Pirc Musar, accompanied by Slovenian Ambassador Tamara Pozar, with President of the European Affairs Committee and First Vice President of the Hellenic Parliament, Ioannis Plakiotakis and President of the Greece-Slovenia Friendship Parliamentary Group Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos.

 

Addressing the issue of migration also requires cooperation among nations and between the EU and countries of origin. As the Slovenian President highlighted, countries such as Greece and Italy or Spain should not bear the burden alone. She therefore considers the conclusion of the Pact on Migration and Asylum the right way forward and sees it as a step toward an integrated, efficient and fair European migration policy.

Both Slovenia and Greece support the EU’s enlargement to the Western Balkans and offer both political and technical assistance to the countries. The recent decision of the European Council to open accession negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina was hailed as a historic milestone. As emphasised by President Pirc Musar, the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina deserve to live in the EU not as immigrants, but as full EU citizens.

Slovenia and Greece are also important economic partners. President Pirc Musar expressed her satisfaction with the re-establishment of the direct Aegean Airlines flight between Ljubljana and Athens, underlining the importance of transport connectivity for both tourism and economic cooperation. Bilateral trade in goods exceeds half a billion euros, with opportunities for further cooperation in areas such as the circular economy, renewable energy, digitalization, the food industry, pharmaceuticals and logistics. She also referred to Slovenian athletes in Greek teams, especially in the Panathinaicos FC.

The keynote speeches given by the two Presidents at the Delphi Economic Forum IX on 10th April 2024 also provide an incentive and opportunity to increase bilateral economic cooperation, while showcasing Slovenia’s tourism and economic prospects to Greek and foreign business people.

 

(Photos: GDL, Th.Manolopoulos & F.Kanellidou.)

President of the Hellenic Republic on State Visit to Slovakia

 

Επίσκεψη της Προέδρου της Δημοκρατίας Κατερίνας Σακελλαροπούλου στην Σλοβακία, Πέμπτη 14 Μαρτίου 2024.
(ΘΟΔΩΡΗΣ ΜΑΝΩΛΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ/ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΙΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑΣ/EUROKINISSI)

 

“Cherishing our shared values and friendship.”

 

President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou confirmed the excellent relations between Greece and Slovakia in a meeting with her Slovakian counterpart Zuzana Čaputová, during a State Visit to Bratislava on March 13th-15th.

After a reception ceremony, the two Heads of State had a meeting at the Presidential Palace, following by talks between the delegations of the two sides.

In a joint press conference, President Sakellaropoulou expressed her satisfaction that her visit coincides with the 20th Anniversary since Slovakia joined the European family, following the signature of the relevant treaty in Athens in 2003.

She also noted that her meeting with President Čaputová established the excellent level of bilateral relations in areas of mutual interest, such as defence cooperation, civil protection, energy and tourism. She said there was a constructive exchange of views on current regional and international developments.

The Greek President referred to geopolitical issues, such as the war in Ukraine and the situation in the Middle East and the need to get humanitarian aid to Gaza’s civilian population, as well as Greece’s participation in the EU operation ‘Aspides’ in the Red Sea.

She briefed her Slovakian counterpart on the course of Greek-Turkish relations and reiterated the need to resume talks on a solution to the Cyprus issue, while noting her discussion with President Čaputová regarding the accession of the Western Balkans to the European Union. The two sides also agreed that there was no time to waste, or for compromises for political and economic reasons, as regards the climate crisis.

On her part, President Čaputová said that it was a great pleasure to host the Greek President on her official visit to Slovakia, “cherishing our shared values and friendship.”

“The visit celebrates the excellent relations as EU partners and NATO Allies and provides another impetus to deepen them even more in areas such as green transition, energy cooperation or security,” she said.

Επίσκεψη της Προέδρου της Δημοκρατίας Κατερίνας Σακελλαροπούλου στην Σλοβακία, Πέμπτη 14 Μαρτίου 2024.
(ΘΟΔΩΡΗΣ ΜΑΝΩΛΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ/ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΙΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑΣ/EUROKINISSI)

 

President Sakellaropoulou also met with the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, at the Prime Ministerial Mansion, which was followed by extended discussions involving delegations from both countries. She also met with the Speaker of the Slovak Parliament, Peter Pellegrini.

Earlier, President Sakellaropoulou laid a wreath at the Gate of Freedom, at the monument dedicated to those who lost their lives between 1948 and 1989 while trying to escape to Western Europe. Subsequently, President Sakellaropoulou was then guided through the Devin Castle.

The President of the Republic was accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Kotsiras, who signed, on behalf of the Greek Government and the Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of disaster prevention and response with the Deputy Minister of Interior of Slovakia, Lucia Kurilovská (pictured below).

 

(Photos: Th.Manolopoulos/Hellenic Presidency.)

Visit of the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology

 

Συνάντηση του Πρωθυπουργού Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη με τον υπουργό Βιομηχανίας και Τεχνολογίας των Ηνωμένων Αραβικών Εμιράτων, Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Παρασκευή 8 Μαρτίου 2024.
(ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΠΑΝΑΓΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ/EUROKINISSI)

 

Building on the mutually beneficial synergies

 

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met at the Maximos Palace on March 8th, with the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber.

During the meeting, the strengthening of the strategic relationship between Greece and the United Arab Emirates was discussed with mutually beneficial synergies at all levels, with a special emphasis on renewable energy sources, a sector in which Greece has a leading role.

Συνάντηση του Πρωθυπουργού Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη με τον υπουργό Βιομηχανίας και Τεχνολογίας των Ηνωμένων Αραβικών Εμιράτων, Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Παρασκευή 8 Μαρτίου 2024.
(ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΠΑΝΑΓΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ/EUROKINISSI)

 

In the presence of the Prime Minister, the binding Financing and Implementation Agreement of the project to transform Poros into a ‘GR-eco Island’ was signed between the Greek Government, represented by the Ministry of Environment and Energy and MASDAR, which had been announced at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai last December.

The second renewal of the Memorandum of Cooperation of the Hellenic Development Investment Bank (EATE) and the investment fund of the United Arab Emirates MUBADALA Investment Co., for the joint undertaking of investment initiatives, was also signed.

Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis also had a meeting with the Minister Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber (GDL).

 

Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis also had a meeting with the Minister Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, during which they reaffirmed the excellent strategic relations between Greece and the UAE.

They also expressed the common will of both countries to further promote bilateral relations in the direction of developing the great potential of economic and trade cooperation, sources added.

Minister Gerapetritis congratulated the visiting UAE Minister (pictured above left) on the successful hosting of the COP28 Climate Chance Conference in UAE, the same sources said, while underlining “the importance of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) with UAE as an intermediate stop and referred to Greece’s role as a country that is a pillar of stability, attractive for investments and is emerging as a regional energy hub through highly important major connectivity projects – such as the GREGY electricity cable and the FSRU terminal in Alexandroupolis, which both contribute to European energy security.”

The two delegations in conference (GDL).

 

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis and Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Openness Maira Myrogianni (pictured above right).

 

(Photos: Y.Panagopoulos/Eurokinissi & GDL.)

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH JULY/AUGUST 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JUNE 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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President of the Hellenic Republic on State Visit to Slovakia

    “Cherishing our shared values and friendship.”   President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou confirmed the excellent relations between Greece and Slovakia in a meeting with her Slovakian counterpart Zuzana Čaputová, during a State Visit to Bratislava on March 13th-15th. After a reception ceremony, the two Heads of …

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Visit of the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology

    Building on the mutually beneficial synergies   Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met at the Maximos Palace on March 8th, with the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. During the meeting, the strengthening of the strategic relationship between Greece and …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MAY 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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President of the Hellenic Republic on State Visit to Slovakia

    “Cherishing our shared values and friendship.”   President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou confirmed the excellent relations between Greece and Slovakia in a meeting with her Slovakian counterpart Zuzana Čaputová, during a State Visit to Bratislava on March 13th-15th. After a reception ceremony, the two Heads of …

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Visit of the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology

    Building on the mutually beneficial synergies   Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met at the Maximos Palace on March 8th, with the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. During the meeting, the strengthening of the strategic relationship between Greece and …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - APRIL 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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President of the Hellenic Republic on State Visit to Slovakia

    “Cherishing our shared values and friendship.”   President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou confirmed the excellent relations between Greece and Slovakia in a meeting with her Slovakian counterpart Zuzana Čaputová, during a State Visit to Bratislava on March 13th-15th. After a reception ceremony, the two Heads of …

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Visit of the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology

    Building on the mutually beneficial synergies   Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met at the Maximos Palace on March 8th, with the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. During the meeting, the strengthening of the strategic relationship between Greece and …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JANUARY 2019

Official Visit of His Highness the Emir of Qatar

    Two new bilateral agreements seal the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece   With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens at the end of last month between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, …

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Foreign Minister of the Philippines is given a warm welcome to Athens

    Maritime tradition unites Greece and the Philippines   Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis and his visiting counterpart from the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, referred to the ties of friendship and common values linking Greece and the Philippines during their meeting in Athens on June 20th. Within the context …

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