Greek FM announces creation of Group of Friends of Palestine in the EU

Greek FM announces creation of Group of Friends of Palestine in the EU

Athens, June 9, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

In favour of a solution between the two states, Palestine and Israel, for peace in the Middle East, stood the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias speaking at a joint press conference with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad Al-Malki, which was given immediately after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry.

Kotzias took the initiative to create the Group of Friends of Palestine in the EU and announced that in mid-June he will visit Israel and Palestine – Palestine will be for Greece, he said, the term of reference to the country. Moreover, in the near future is expected the visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Athens.

Kotzias and Malki agreed on signing a memorandum of understanding and an action plan between the two ministries, which will include old and new agreements between the two sides, aiming to upgrade, deepen and broaden bilateral cooperation.

On his part, Malki expressed his gratitude to Greece for its support in international lobbies and organizations, and stressed that Palestine counts on the loyalty of Athens in favour of a free and democratic state, stating particularly optimistic, especially after his friendly meeting with Kotzias.

However, when asked by AMNA if he is optimistic about the possibility of the resumption of negotiations with Israel, he said that based on what he saw and heard, he can’t be, since statements by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his partners are far from encouraging.

“It doesn’t seem”, he said, “as they intend to move towards the resumption of talks between us and them. Neither do they seem to be committed on peace and stability in the region”.