French FM to visit Athens

French FM to visit Athens

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will be in Athens on Tuesday, the second stop of his tour after Turkey and before Cyprus.

The French Foreign Minister will meet with Greek Prime – Minister Alexis Tsipras, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Greek FM Nikos Kotzias.

Ayrault will visit Turkey on Monday where, he will preside with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, over the second meeting of cooperation of “Franco-Turkish Strategic Framework”, a bilateral body, launched during President of the Republic, François Hollande, official visit in January 2014.

On Tuesday, the French Foreign Minister will be in Athens, where he will be received by the President of the Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, will meet with Alexis Tsipras and will have talks with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias. The French PMs schedule also includes meetings with representatives of French companies in Greece to strengthen economic relations between the two countries, France is the fourth largest investor in Greece.

Kotzias and Ayrault are set to discuss the migration issue, the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, European issues such as Brexit and regional issues such as the Syrian and energy issues, as there is interest from French side for the hydrocarbons found in the eastern Mediterranean. The two ministers will make joint statements to the press after the conclusion of all meetings.

Last stop on Ayrault’s tour is Cyprus, on Wednesday he will be in Nicosia to meet with the President of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis, his counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides and the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on the Cyprus issue, Espen Barth ‘Aida as well as the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mustafa Akinci./ΙΒΝΑ