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Highlights of the Month - December 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

 

A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the Greek Embassy in Tripoli and the General Consulate in Benghazi, a move which will further consolidate bilateral cooperation and strengthen relations between the neighbouring countries.

 

Prime Minister in Libya

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis recently paid an Official Visit to Libya which marked the relaunching of Greek-Libyan relations. He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who underlined that “Libya is making the first steps in its return to normality and Greece will do whatever possible to support it. A necessary prerequisite for the return to normality is the withdrawal of all foreign troops and mercenaries.”  The Greek delegation also included Government Spokesman Aristotelia Peloni and top departmental Foreign Ministry officials – making this a most productive trip to the North African country. Athens believes that the resumed operation of the Greek Embassy in Tripoli and the General Consulate in Benghazi will significantly contribute to strengthening the two countries’ relations in all sectors.

As part of his itinerary, Premier Mitsotakis met with the Prime Minister of the provisional Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh and also had a meeting with the President of the Presidential Council of Libya, Mohamed al-Menfi, which was followed by broad deliberations between the two delegations. He visited the Greek Embassy in Tripoli which reopened after seven years of closure. At the same time, Foreign Minister Dendias met with his counterpart Najla al-Mangoush.

In his talks with the caretaker Prime Minister of Libya, Premier Mitsotakis called for the “cancellation of illegal documents that were presented as alleged transnational agreements but have no legal force, as explicitly ruled by the European Council”. “The European Union and its Members are here, and are determined to support the Libyan people, who have suffered so much in the last decade,” the Greek Prime Minister said. He also called for the immediate and complete withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries from Libyan territory.

The caretaker Premier of Libya (elections are scheduled for December 2021) said to Premier Mitsotakis that he is willing to form a committee to discuss the delimitation of the maritime zones starting from the point where the talks stopped in 2010. Libya’s caretaker Premier Dbeibeh has sent messages that he wants cooperation and the restoration of relations with Greece.

It is obvious that the transitional institutions are almost impossible to make big decisions and Athens knows that at this stage the demand for the cancellation of the illegal agreement will not succeed soon.

The effort made by Premier Mitsotakis and Minister Dendias was to persuade their Libyan partners to not make moves to activate the illegal Turkish-Libyan memorandum and at the same time to create the conditions for the resumption of the Greek-Libyan dialogue for the delimitation of the maritime zones from the point that was stopped in 2010.

Premier Mitsotakis also noted that the issue of maritime zones will affect not only Greek-Libyan relations, but also the North African country’s relations with the EU. He further referred to the multiple opportunities for economic cooperation between Greece and Libya and highlighted the importance of the defence bond between the two countries, recalling that “more than 280 Libyan officers have graduated in recent decades from the schools of the Hellenic Armed Forces.” He also noted that Libyan Coast Guard officials have also been trained in Greece.

 

Foreign Minister visits Benghazi

Several days later, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias returned to Libya visiting the Libyan city of Benghazi where he had successive meetings with Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Atiya Abdul Hafeez Al Qatrani, Benghazi Mayor Saqr Bujwari and the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh Issa.

The Greek head of diplomacy held talks with the Libyan officials focusing on bilateral relations and regional developments, as well as on matters relating to the imminent start of operations by the Greek Consulate General in the city.

Commenting on Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’ visit to Libya, diplomatic sources said its aim was to drive home three key messages: the need to initially avoid any initiatives with respect to the illegal and void ‘Turkish-Libyan memorandum’ that could make Libya’s relations with Greece and the EU more difficult, that the Greek presence is more firmly established via the opening of a Greek Consulate General in Benghazi and Greece’s readiness to contribute to Libya’s restructuring. The response of Libyan authorities was positive to the three messages, the same sources said. Greece is one of the first countries that will reopen a consulate in Benghazi and the response of the Libyan officials was warm.

In all his meetings there, Minister Dendias referred to Greece’s readiness to assist in the holding and organisation of smooth elections and to the country’s restructuring, underlining the long presence and experience of Greek companies in Libya. Within this context he announced that Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for Economic Diplomacy Kostas Fragogiannis will visit Libya in the near future.

Minister Dendias’ visit to Libya one week after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit was another opportunity to strengthen relations between the neighbouring countries, with the consolidation of bilateral cooperation and promotion of Greece’s fair and just positions as a guideline, the same sources added.

 

President of the Presidential Council of Libya in Athens

After the above visits, President of the Presidential Council of Libya, Mohamed al-Menfi paid a visit to Athens where he held a series of meetings with President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

Prime Minister Mitsotakis agreed with Presidential Council President al-Menfi on the immediate resumption of the Greek-Libyan talks on the delimitation of maritime zones, under the responsibility of the Foreign Ministers of both countries. The Prime Minister also stressed that a prerequisite for holding elections so that “the Libyan people themselves can take the country’s fate into their own hands” is the withdrawal of all troops from Libya.

He further welcomed the intentions of Libya’s President and Prime Minister “for Libya to discuss with Greece critical issues such as the delimitation of maritime zones”. He offered assurances that Greece is a nation that is friendly toward Libya, that the Greek people are friendly toward those of Libya and noted that relations between the two countries go back many centuries.

On his part, al-Menfi said that “our main concern has always been for Greece to become a gateway to the European Union”, while noting that Libya has so far “seen only good behaviour” on the part of Greece and the Greeks. Referring to historical relations between the two countries, he spoke of “a common history, between my country, Libya and Greece” and emphasised the development of relations with the European Union. “Even if, at some point, these relations went through some difficult times, this can be resolved through dialogue and I personally believe that the commonalities that unite us will help us to cope with any difficulties,” he said.

The Libyan President also referred to economic cooperation between the two countries and his term as Ambassador in Athens, during which, as he said, he sought to increase the presence of Greek companies in his country. At the same time, he thanked the Greek Government for the reopening of the Embassy in Tripoli and the reopening of the Consulate General in Benghazi, which, as he said, “actually reflects Greece’s desire to support Libya, to support the new Libyan Government.”

The Libyan President stressed that his visit is also an invitation to Greek companies to operate in Libya, given the stability that his country is currently experiencing. Concluding, he emphasised the importance of international support from the United Nations, from the EU, and expressed hope that Greece would continue its support in all international fora, so that Libya can hold elections at the end of the year; “for the departure and removal of all mercenaries currently in my country.”

During his audience with President Sakellaropoulou, she expressed Greece’s support for the leadership of Libya’s new Government, noting that with the election of the interim Government and the vote of confidence it received from the Libyan Parliament, Libya is entering a new era. “Relations between the countries on the shores of the Mediterranean, as well as of all neighbouring countries between them, should be governed by respect for International Law and especially the Law of the Sea and the principle of good neighbourliness,” she added.

The talks between Foreign Minister Dendias and President al-Menfi focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction.

 

Pictured above: the Official arrival ceremony of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Libya by Prime Minister of the provisional Government of National Unity, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh; Minister Dendias in Benghazi with Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Atiya Abdul Hafeez Al Qatrani; Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou in discussion with visiting President of the Presidential Council of Libya, Mohamed al-Menfi; President al-Menfi and his delegation in talks with Prime Minister Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

(Photos: D.Papamitsos, T.Bolari & H.Akriviadis/Eurokinissi.)

Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

 

 

“Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”

 

“Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, in Athens on May 13th.

 

President of the Republic

President Sakellaropoulou stressed that it is the only option available to ensure political stability, economic development and strong democratic institutions in the countries of the region. However, she noted that, in order to join the EU, it is necessary to meet the criteria that apply to all candidate countries.

On his part, Premier Krivokapić thanked the Greek President for Greece’s support of Montenegro’s European course and reiterated his Government’s readiness to work to expand bilateral relations.

He thanked the Greek Head of State for the invitation to take part in the sixth annual conference of the Delphi Economic Forum, which was organised under her auspices. He noted that the Forum is a good opportunity for European partners and the international community to confirm Montenegro’s firm commitment to European values that lead to full membership in the EU. The Prime Minister stressed that he would like the synergy felt in Greece to be present in Montenegro as well.

The two officials exchanged views on the European Union’s enlargement policy and the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. They agreed that cooperation between Member States and candidate countries is one of the key conditions for successfully tackling the epidemic.

Within that context, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude for the donation of medical equipment worth almost half a million euros, which was delivered to Montenegro from Greece on 31st March 2021, through the common European reserve of medical equipment- RescEU.

Prime Minister

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed Greece’s unequivocal support to the European accession course of Western Balkan countries, at a meeting with Prime Minister of Montenegro Zdravko Krivokapić in Athens on May 14th. Moreover, the Greek Premier noted that the meeting served as a good opportunity to examine progress in their bilateral memorandum for providing technical assistance to Montenegro on its way to EU integration. Satisfaction was also expressed about bilateral cooperation at NATO level.

Premier Krivokapić expressed appreciation for the technical collaboration because Greece understands the Western Balkans and has been on the path to accession itself. The area has gone through turbulence that left its mark on economic growth he said, highlighting economic development as the priority of his Government and as a way of balancing out “domestic conflicting elements,” as he said. The Montenegrin Premier concluded by saying that as far as the coronavirus pandemic is concerned, both Greece and Montenegro have taken all necessary measures to “have a good tourism season ahead.”

 

Parliament President

The President of the Hellenic Parliament Constantine Tassoulas welcomed the visiting Montenegrin Prime Minister to the Parliament. During their meeting Speaker Tassoulas stressed that Montenegro has made significant efforts to adapt to the European institutions and is therefore in the first line of Balkan countries moving towards the EU.

Prime Minister Krivokapić, inter alia, said: “We do not ask for anything from anyone, we just ask for understanding. The only goal of the Government is for us to be the first next new EU Member State.”

Present at the meeting was also the Chairman of the Montenegro-Greece Parliamentary Friendship Group Vasileios Oikonomou, the Diplomatic Advisor of the Parliament, Ambassador Constantine Economides and the Ambassador of Montenegro in Greece Ana Vukadinović.

 

Archbishop

Premier Krivokapić was also received by Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos. He informed His Beatitude about the status of religious communities in Montenegro and said that the Government of Montenegro is determined to continue to guarantee respect for basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to freedom of religion.

“Your country has given this world great and prominent figures, both throughout history and in modern times, figures who have revived, nurtured and preserved the Orthodox tradition. I want to express the special feelings and brotherly love that the Greek people have for you and your country,” said Archbishop Ieronymos.

Archbishop Ieronymos pointed to the great cooperation between the State and the Church in Greece, adding that the Hellenic Republic is a Member of the EU and that he is happy that Montenegro is following that path.

Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Jakov Milatović and Minister of Finance and Social Welfare Milojko Spajić also attended the meeting.

Premier Krivokapić with Honorary Consul of Montenegro in Thessaloniki and Managing Director of the Athens Medical Group, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos.

 

Foreign Minister of Montenegro visits Athens

 

Friendly and allied relations between the Hellenic Republic and Montenegro are based on intensive political dialogue and substantive cooperation, as well as a firm determination to strengthen their economic ties as was ascertained during a meeting of Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and visiting Foreign Minister Đorđe Radulović, who was here at the end of April.

Minister Dendias pointed out that “bilateral relations and cooperation on economy and energy, regional developments with particular focus on the Western Balkans EU perspective,” was on the agenda of the meeting. He said that Greece supports the European perspective of Montenegro and praised the Montenegrin Government for the reforms in the areas of the rule of law and the fight against corruption.

Minister Radulović said that Greece is a proven partner and close neighbour, as well as a promoter of the European perspective, which is reflected in the continuous political and expert support to Montenegro.

It was jointly assessed that meaningful bilateral relations should be strengthened with new modalities of cooperation in the areas of energy, transport, tourism, defence, infrastructure and agriculture. On that line, satisfaction was expressed on the occasion of the planned opening of the Montenegrin Consulate in Greece, in Thessaloniki, headed by the Honorary Consul, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos , which will contribute to the further intensification of economic and cultural cooperation.

 

Minister of National Defence, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, also met with Minister Radulović. The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of National Defence, Alkiviadis Stefanis, and the Chief of Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros. Matters discussed during the meeting included bilateral cooperation, also within the framework of NATO, and the recent developments in the broader region.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs, Konstantinos Gioulekas, then met with the Minister Radulović within the framework of the Minister’s official visit to Greece. During the meeting, Mr. Gioulekas confirmed the firm will of Greece for the rapid integration of the Western Balkans in the EU adding that the New Enlargement Methodology will contribute to deepening and strengthening the enlargement process.

On his part, Minister Radulović underlined the importance that Montenegro attaches to the support Greece provides on Montenegro’s path toward EU accession and expressed his country’s intention to further strengthen the ties of friendship with Greece.

 

First row: Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, pictured during his meetings with President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou; Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis; Hellenic Parliament President Constantine Tassoulas; with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos; addressing members of the press during his visit to Athens in April, Montenegrin Foreign Minister Đorđe Radulović and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias; the two delegations in conference; Foreign Minister of Montenegro, Đorđe Radulović, pictured during his meetings with Minister of National Defence, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, Deputy Minister Alkiviadis Stefanis and the Chief of Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros; with Chairman of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs, Konstantinos Gioulekas.

(Photos: S.Dimitropoulos, M.Karayiannis, F.Kanellidou & Y.Panagopoulos/Eurokinissi.)

Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

 

“Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”

 

The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias.

“The visit has confirmed our bilateral interest in strengthening bilateral relations.  We agreed on the need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities. A scope for deepening the cooperation is also offered in defence, as well as in education, culture, science and research,” stated Minister Korčok.

On the occasion of the visit to Athens, he congratulated his Greek partners on the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence, which he deemed to be an important historical milestone. In this regard he highlighted the active participation of the Slovak Embassy in Athens in the cultural and educational events and the scientific and innovation programmes which constitute a part of the Greece 2021 project.

Minister Dendias and Minister Korčok also discussed current foreign policy issues, as well as the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Cyprus issue, as well as security issues and migration policy. Minister Korčok expressed his appreciation for the on-going dialogue of Greece with Turkey expressing his solidarity to his Greek partners.

On his part, Minister Dendias said that “beyond our cooperation within the context of the European Union and NATO, we have a great deal of room to develop our bilateral relations; in the economic sector – where we agreed that we need to step up our effort – in energy, in tourism. It is important that we have begun capitalising on our potential.” He also had the opportunity to brief his counterpart on his recent visit to Ankara, “as I did within the context of the Foreign Affairs Council. And I repeat what we always say: that the Mitsotakis Government is pursuing understanding with everyone, including Turkey. But we must be clear: This can happen only within the framework of International Law and within the framework of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. There are no solutions to be found outside of this framework. And of course, we hope that the de-escalation we have seen on the part of Turkey will continue,” Minister Dendias pointed out.

They also discussed the European perspective of the Western Balkans. Both Ministers have signed the letter to the High Representative, Mr. Borrell, so that a strategic discussion on the Western Balkans can be held as soon as possible within the context of the Foreign Affairs Council.

Minister Korčok further expressed his continuing support of Greece in managing the impacts of migration, which is also attested to by the Slovak project, whereby Slovakia will provide Greece with assistance valued at 1 million Euro. Accompanied by the Minister of Migration and Asylum of Greece, Notis Mitarachi, Minister Korčok, visited the Athens Eleonas refugee camp.

The two sides were also said to have discussed the developments of the pandemic. The Slovak Minister conveying a thank you for the expressed solidarity of the EU countries including Greece, owing to which Slovakia will get almost 700 thousand Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines by the end of June.

 

Pictured above: Visiting Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Ivan Korčok pictured with – Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias; Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis; with Minister of Migration and Asylum of Greece, Notis Mitarachi.

Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

 

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.

 

During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece and Saudi Arabia are upgrading their diplomatic and defence cooperation, aiming for regional stability,” Minister Dendias said after wrapping up contacts with the Saudi Crown Prince and Ministers, including Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In statements after the conclusion of his meetings, Minister Dendias spoke of his meeting with Minister of Defence, Crown Prince and Deputy Premier Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and of the agreements signed. “First of all, we signed an agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), something that both sides had sought for a long time. We also signed an agreement for the transfer of one battery of Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia. For Greece, this comprises great progress in our collaboration with countries of the Gulf and our contribution to the wider security of the West’s energy sources. Greek foreign policy, whose main aim is to pre-link the country with the Gulf countries, took another step forward.”

Earlier, Minister Dendias met with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir. “We discussed the excellent Greek-Saudi relations and the continually strengthening collaboration ties, as well as recent regional developments,” he said. Asked to comment on Saudi Arabia’s and the UAE’s participation in the international Armed Forces exercise ‘Iniochos 2021’ as two traditional Gulf forces and how important that is to the region’s balance of powers, Minister Dendias said: “We do not see it as an issue of balance of powers. We see it as creating a front of understanding on the firm foundation of International Law.” He also noted that all the countries in the greater region, without exception, that adhere to International Law as a way of understanding and behaving, are welcome in this greater understanding.

The two Greek Ministers began their visit to Riyadh with a meeting with GCC Secretary General Nayef bin Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf. They discussed the two countries’ strong ties and Greece’s increasing cooperation with Gulf countries, as well as regional developments, a tweet of the Greek Ministry said. Minister Dendias and the Secretary General then signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish political consultations on issues of mutual interest.

Commenting on the visit, Defence Minister Panagiotopoulos referred to his meetings with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman and with Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan and stressed the importance of collaboration in view of security threats in the region. He added that “a battery of the Patriot missile system of the Greek Air Force will be deployed shortly and operate from Saudi Arabian territory as part of the Multinational Plan of Activated Air Defence for the protection of critical energy infrastructure against terrorist threats.”

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos pictured in Riyadh with: Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud; Minister of Defence, Crown Prince and Deputy Premier Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir; and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Nayef bin Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf.

(Photographs by H.Akriviadis/Office to the Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

 

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias gives joint statements to the press with visiting Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman.

 

Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas

 

Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas, and that their meeting in Athens indicated additional strengthening of dialogue and cooperation.

In their joint statements to the press, Minister Radman thanked Minister Dendias for the Greek support of Croatia’s accession to MED7, OECD, Eurozone and the Schengen Area.

The two heads of diplomacy underlined the importance of continuing EU enlargement to Southeast Europe and of Brussels having a consistent policy so that candidates do not lose the European perspective. Minister Dendias also reiterated their will for an intergovernmental conference with North Macedonia, as well as with Albania, as soon as they meet the criteria set by the European Council.

The Greek Minster also referred to the Croatian non-paper on the European perspective of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which Greece supports, and both sides talked in detail about issues concerning Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Addressing a joint press conference, Minister Dendias also noted that discussions had included regional cooperation issues, mentioning Greece’s upcoming Chairmanship of the South-East European Cooperation Process.

Ahead of the upcoming meeting of the European Council, Minister Dendias said that they also discussed EU-Turkey relations and that he had the opportunity to underscore that the report to be submitted by the institutions should be balanced. “It should have proposals for both a positive agenda and the prospect of taking restrictive measures if our neighbour Turkey again gives in to the temptation to return to unlawful conduct,” he stressed.

Minister Dendias also congratulated Croatia on chairing the Council of the EU the previous year, stressing that Greece and Croatia had excellent cooperation within the EU. He recalled Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s visit to the Greek-Turkish border in Evros in March 2020 together with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and heads of EU institutions, when an attempt was made to provoke a mass influx of migrants into European territory.

The two delegations in conference, including Croatian Ambassador Aleksandar Sunko.Both sides mentioned the need to create a framework of close cooperation and dialogue between their two Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Dendias said that it is very important to Greece to create closer cooperation with Croatia.  “Because we do not have any bilateral disputes, we must work even more on a positive agenda, promoting our economic relations, promoting our efforts towards a common understanding of problems, joint responses to problems and a shared outlook on our future on the Mediterranean. A common outlook on how to manage the maritime-zone issues created by the Mediterranean that can and must be dealt within the framework of the International Law of the Sea – which is International Law – to which Croatia is a party, both individually and as a Member of the EU,” he pointed out.

(Photos: Y.Panagopoulos/Eurokinissi & H.Akriviadis/MoFA.)

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

 

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, extends a warm greeting to visiting Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and Ambassador of Palestine to Greece, Marwan E.M. Toubassi.

 

 

 

 

 

Greece maintains close historic bonds
with the Palestinian people

 

Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in accordance with International Law, underlined Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias during his meeting with the visiting Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki in Athens on March 16th.

 

Greece, noted Minister Dendias, maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people as it is a western country that gave its active support at a time when Palestine did not have the international recognition or the support it has today, adding that Greece wishes to enhance its relations with Palestine on a bilateral and multilateral level. “We are looking forward to the intensification of contacts and the two Foreign Ministries’ General Secretariats meeting on April 12th,” he said.

Minister Dendias repeated Greece’s steadfast position regarding the peace process, saying that Greece supports a just and viable solution for the two countries, with Jerusalem as the capital of both, according to International Law and UN Resolutions.

He also underscored the special importance Greece attaches to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem, which is recognised as a prime trustee of Holy Pilgrimage sites.

 

On his part, the Palestinian Foreign Minister said that it had been a warm and cordial meeting between friends. He reported a “positive discussion”, adding that they share the same views on many issues in terms of the two countries’ relations and the deepening of bilateral relations in many sectors, such as economic, trade and educational ties, among others.

“Greece accepts International Law and on this basis we cooperate with Greece as a friendly nation,” he said, underlining that he expects Minister Dendias to visit Palestine to “continue the vital dialogue”.

He said that they discussed “the issue of the peace process in the Middle East, the situation in Palestine, the preparations for the elections in Palestine and Israel, as well as collaboration in the economic sector.” “We consider our relationship with Greece to be very deep and based on friendship, history and cooperation that goes back a long way,” he said.

Regarding the Greek-Turkish exploratory talks taking place in Athens on the same day, Minister Dendias said that Greece is coming to these with a good will. He stressed that the fundamental principles of Greek Foreign Policy are firm and full commitment to International Law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea – which Greece and Palestine have both ratified – and the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.

(Photos: S.Dimitropoulos/Eurokinissi & H.Akriviadis/MoFA.)

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH JULY/AUGUST 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JUNE 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MAY 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - APRIL 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - JANUARY 2019

Greece-Libya: Re-launching bilateral relations

  A series of Official Visits have recently taken place between Greece and Libya focused on bilateral relations, the promotion of cooperation and regional developments, as well as Libya’s stabilisation and reconstruction. A major highlight was the announcement by the Greek Foreign Minister of the resuming of operation of the …

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Montenegro hold bilateral meetings

    “Greece supports European course of the Western Balkans”   “Greece has been firmly oriented, since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003, toward supporting the European course of the Western Balkans,” President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, …

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Foreign Minister of Slovakia visits Athens

  “Need to intensify political contacts, even at the highest level, and also to open new opportunities for business entities”   The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, recently visited Athens where he held bilateral negotiations with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister Foreign …

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Greek Foreign and Defence Ministers visit Saudi Arabia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos have visited Saudi Arabia in order to hold a series of meetings with senior Government officials within the context of promoting and consolidating diplomatic diplomacy between the two countries.   During their visit the Ministers signed two agreements. “Greece …

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Foreign Minister of Croatia in Athens for talks

    Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia have excellent relations, with great potential in numerous areas   Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman visited Athens and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on March 12th. The two Ministers underscored that Greece and Croatia had excellent relations, with …

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Athens

            Greece maintains close historic bonds with the Palestinian people   Greece is in favour of a just, viable and comprehensive two-State solution, within the boundaries of 1967, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in accordance with the UN relevant Resolutions and in …

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