Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, speaking from the Ambassadors Conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made it clear that Greece would not accept attempts for its sovereignty and its sovereign rights to be usurped or violated. As it was made clear by the Foreign Minister, the last two memoranda signed between Turkey and the Tripoli Government were examples of such attempts.
At the same time, Nikos Dendias reiterated the basic, unchanging position of the Greek foreign policy, that Greece wants to build a relationship based on the principles of good neighborliness and respect for international law with Turkey.
As he noted, on one hand “we seek to keep the communication channels open with Turkey” and on the other hand we have to face the ongoing Turkish provocations, either in the Aegean or in the wider area of the Cypriot maritime zones, or via the two latest memoranda signed between Turkey and the government of Tripoli. “We are trying to tackle this situation through a multilevel activation. First of all, through the UN framework”, he said, referring to his meeting with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Geneva last Monday. Apart from that, he highlighted Greece’s overall stance in the EU and welcomed the conclusions reached on the matter at the last European Council.
The Foreign Minister went on to outline the efforts to build a network of alliances and mutual understanding between countries that empathize with the Greek concerns. At that point he talked about his visits to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, announcing that he would be visiting Morocco.
He made special mention of Greece’s relations with Cyprus, describing them as brotherly. He referred to the regular talks the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, held with the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, as well as with his own counterpart, Nikos Christodoulides.
Moving on to the Western Balkan issues, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that Greece has taken an active role in supporting the efforts for Albania and North Macedonia to be granted a date for the launching of their accession negotiations, stressing that “we have not ceased to point out both in those countries but also to the EU that there is a clear conditionality”. In the case of North Macedonia, he stressed the need for full compliance with the writings and the spirit of the Prespa Agreement. For Albania, he underlined the need for the country to comply with the full protection of the rights of the Greek national minority.
Mapping the structural function of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he explained that comprehensive planning was necessary. He clarified that the political philosophy of the government, as well as the new philosophy, was the integration of the foreign policy body in the one of extroversion and economic diplomacy. The challenge, he added, is for this merging to reach a level that not only works efficiently but also to remain in place in the future.
Concluding, addressing the entire diplomatic corps, Nikos Dendias praised their patriotism and their persistent effort; he called for them to formulate and submit their reasoned and alternative points of view, while declaring to be extremely proud to hold the position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis also asks for national unity
Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis also conveyed a message of national unity against Turkey’s increasing provocations, when he took the floor at the Ambassadors’ Conference on Greek Foreign Policy Priorities held at the Foreign Ministry on Friday.
In particular, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis welcomed the common position of the political parties, as expressed in Parliament during the 2020 budget debate. “We know it is a difficult period; we need to keep ourselves in check; developments must be ongoing and, above all, a firm national sentiment is required”, the Deputy Foreign Minister noted.
Regarding the migration issue, Varvitsiotis stressed the need for solidarity between European partners and called them not to address the problem with fear, while noting the need to share burdens and responsibilities. Meanwhile, he highlighted the country’s growth and the instrumentalization of both European programs and Greece’s international synergies in this direction.
Finally, Varvitsiotis praised the action of the diplomatic corps and of the Greek diplomats. “Greek diplomacy has managed to provide us with a very significant range of relations, contacts, participations, effectiveness and promotion of the country’s national positions”, he added. /ibna